In this video, we are going to show you our citrus hedge. This hedge is composed of several different types of citrus trees. It’s an added layer of protection for the house as well as food security because throughout the year we can harvest these citruses. We will show you every tree in this video and talk about our overall care.
0:00 Our Citrus Trees
0:51 Variegated Pink Lemon Tree
1:45 Ruby Red Grapefruit
2:31 Mandarin Orange
3:21 Bearss Lime
4:46 Kaffir Lime
5:36 Citrus Hedge Overview
Now we’re gonna go on ahead and start over here at the lemon. This is called a variegated lemon tree. As you can tell, it has two different colors within the leaf different shades of green and yellow. So that means it’s a variegated tree.
We’ve already been harvesting the lemons probably over through the last month. So this is one of the earlier producing ones. So this one starts producing in the summer, and you can start harvesting from summer up through winter. And as the tree grows, it’ll produce more lemons. So you’ll be able to harvest a lot more and a lot longer throughout the season. This is probably the first harvest we’ve had with this tree inside each lemon it’s pink, so this is a pink variated lemon tree, and it’s a little bit sweeter than the normal lemon you can get for the Meyer lemon.
This next one here is the ruby red grapefruit. We do have white grapefruit in the backyard, but this one’s the ruby red. This is my favorite.
This is still growing, so you can’t harvest it. The grapefruit will turn yellow probably after the first frost, so near the end of November for us. So after the first frost, we can start harvesting these grape fruits. And this one’s been producing for a couple years for us already. So this is a nice healthy tree. Nice and green, lots of fruit on it. Probably almost too many because some of the branches you could tell are starting to kind of like lean from the weight of the fruit. So this is our ruby red grape fruit.
Then walking along here. This next one is our mandarin orange. This tree does have a couple health issues. We have ben fertilizing it, when it has the green vein and the yellowing leaf, it’s lacking some nutrients such as iron. We did fertilize this two weeks ago with the fish poop from the pond. The mandarin orange is one of my favorites. It’s just a really small orange. There’s about this size, they’ll get a little bit bigger.
And once again, this one is a little later to harvest, so it’ll start to ripen in the end of November through December. And then you can harvest it throughout the winter and through the spring. Just depends on how many fruits are on the tree.
Coming up here, this is a bearss lime. You can see a couple limes on it still. We’ve started harvesting this like the lemon probably about a month or two ago. And as the tree grows and produces more, you can harvest it all the way through the spring.
This tree is sick. It’s having some issues. We’re trying to help it recover, but I’m not too for sure if it’s going to make it. If you look at the base of the tree, it’s kind of hard to tell, but my theory is that this tree was buried too deep. So if a tree is buried too deep, it actually takes a couple years for it to show. So it might be healthy for a couple years, and then all of a sudden the tree will start to get sick and the limbs will start to die off. So that’s usually a sign that it was buried too deep. You could tell how it just needs to be uncovered a little bit, which we have tried in the past. And then you can also tell some, some of these roots here. Another problem this tree might be having is the roots might be gurgling and circling and choking itself. So when you go back up to the top, or even right here, you could see branches are starting to die off. So they’ll start to die from the tips and then it’ll just work its way towards the main trunk. So this is our lime tree.
This next one here is the kaffir lime. This is one of our favorites and there actually isn’t many limes left. We started harvesting this one about two months ago and you can harvest this as long as it has fruits on it. Some of the fruit has fallen on the ground. So you’ll see some of the fruits sitting there. But the kaffir lime is really good.
It’s really great for zest. And actually people prefer this tree to use the leaves and harvest the leaves. The leaves you can use in cooking and in tea and cooking. You can make like a cilantro lime rice. These leaves are really aromatic when you even, when you don’t even brush ’em. But if you brush ’em and squeeze ’em, they smell super good. So this is our kaffir lime tree.
This is our, our total hedge. We have a couple other, other trees in the back and citrus trees, you fertilize four times a year, late winter, spring, in the summer and towards the end of the summer. These trees will bloom in the spring. If you want to prune them, you will prune them in the late winter before the flowers come because you don’t want to prune the flowers off. So you only prune them once and then you fertilize them four times throughout the year so that the citrus fruits can get lots of nutrients and grow healthy and strong. So there you have it. This is our citrus hedge. It provides a barrier and protection for the house and also provides citrus, fresh fruits for us about six months out of the year. So thank you for watching and I hope you learn something about how to care for your own citrus hedge.