Growing Citrus: The Essential Gardener's Guide

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The unique foliage, aromatic flowers, and dramatic colors of citrus add an exotic touch to the garden, terrace, deck, or balcony. The delicious and nutritious fruits they harvest are a draw to an ever-increasing number of people interested in growing their own food.

Martin Page charts the introduction of citrus to the western world, celebrates their unique flavors and diverse uses, and recommends the best varieties for garden cultivation. The detailed cultivation advice ...

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Overview

The unique foliage, aromatic flowers, and dramatic colors of citrus add an exotic touch to the garden, terrace, deck, or balcony. The delicious and nutritious fruits they harvest are a draw to an ever-increasing number of people interested in growing their own food.

Martin Page charts the introduction of citrus to the western world, celebrates their unique flavors and diverse uses, and recommends the best varieties for garden cultivation. The detailed cultivation advice describes how to grow the trees in all climates, includes tips on overwintering, and shows how to tend to trees in pots, small gardens, and greenhouses. Includes oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, clementines, and many more.

Growing Citrus is the definitive guide to growing the world's most important fruit crops and will inspire the enthusiastic home gardener to grow their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Gardens Illustrated
“Complete with mouth-watering illustrations throughout, the author displays the diversity of citrus that can be achieved if appropriate conditions are provided.”
Hobby Greenhouse
"At long last, we have a citrus book more focused on container culture in sunrooms, windowsills and greenhouses than outdoors in the ground."
Gardens Illustrated

“Complete with mouth-watering illustrations throughout, the author displays the diversity of citrus that can be achieved if appropriate conditions are provided.”

Hobby Greenhouse
"At long last, we have a citrus book more focused on container culture in sunrooms, windowsills and greenhouses than outdoors in the ground."
Library Journal

Delightful and entertaining, this guide mainly covers the growing of cold-hearty varieties of citrus, like blood oranges and Meyer lemons, using a variety of cultivation methods. A British botanist, ecologist, and gardener, Page (The Gardener's Peony) draws on his years of experience to demonstrate that with the right knowledge and determination, anyone can grow citrus trees for decoration and food. The work acts as a basic introduction to varieties of citrus as well as a historical overview, before turning to the practical matters of soil composition, nutrition, pests, and diseases. Approximately one-third is an encyclopedia covering 16 different kinds of citrus. Well written and easy to follow, the text also features color photos, a few recipes, and appendixes featuring FAQs and notable citrus gardens and suppliers worldwide. Highly recommended for gardening enthusiasts and libraries with agricultural or culinary collections.
—Lisa A. Ennis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929065
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 504,849
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A botanist by training, Martin Page spent the early part of his career surveying hay meadows for the Nature Conservancy Council in England. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter and was a contributor to The National Vegetation Classification. He then spent several years working as a professional photographer, followed by a career in industry. Martin has been studying peonies for ten years and is the author of The Gardener's Guide to Growing Peonies. He was formerly the Deputy Editor of Water Gardening magazine and News Editor of the Royal Horticultural Society's journal The Garden. He is currently director of the American Peony Society.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Great book, tons of information.

    Since planting my trees, I needed some information. This is a book that has tons of descriptions and informations on a lot of varieties of Citrus Trees. This is a one of a kind book, very helpful for me to choose what trees I want to get. Beautiful pictures.

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