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All About Grapefruit, Limeys, and Orange Conservatories

By SongofJoy
December 13, 2011

Most of us are aware that we need a certain amount of Vitamin C daily in order to maintain optimal good health, but winter is a time when our bodies may need additional amounts of this vital nutrient. Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, limes, lemons, and oranges are a great-tasting way to add more Vitamin C to our diets. You may even decide to grow your own.

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 20, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Thanks for a great article, Tee. Thumbs up It was interesting, well-written, and I learned a lot.

I don't know if you already know this, but in case you don't, I have a Ponderosa Lemon tree in the basement under lights. It still produces lemons, if I remember to hand-pollinate the blossoms. I got the tree through a comic book ad when I was 15.
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SongofJoy
Dec 21, 2011 3:26 AM CST
Yes, I remember reading about the comic book ad lemon tree. How great that it's still going strong and producing lemons! And I also remember the days when they offered things like that in comic books. Ah, the wonderful days of youth!! Green Grin!
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 4, 2014 6:17 AM CST
Loved this article. When DH and I inherited my brother's home in Florida, we also inherited Meyer lemon, grapefruit and orange trees. What a joy it is to walk out into the yard and pick a fresh orange or grapefruit for breakfast! We also bring back bags of citrus for our neighbors in AR when we return in the spring. The broiled grapefruit is delicious! I also freeze lemon juice in small 1/2 cup portions for lemon meringue pie throughout the year.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Thank you, Jean. How nice to have all that fresh citrus! I'm envious. Smiling I loved my citrus trees in CA but here the weather makes it a different story, of course. Maybe I should build a conservatory. Wish I had thought of that years ago.
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 4, 2014 7:23 AM CST
I do have a Victorian conservatory, compliments of DH here in AR, however, we spend winters in FL. If we didn't have the Florida house, I am sure I would at least have a Meyer lemon here. A wonderful neighbor waters my plants in the winter that reside inside.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 9:02 AM CST
That's great. You're fortunate. What zone is that?
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rocklady
Jul 4, 2014 10:41 AM CST
We're in 7a. The sunroom, as I call it, is heated, with the temp turned down so the plants don't require lots of water. We had a lot of cold weather last winter. The thing I fear most is a power outage.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 10:59 AM CST
I understand that. We have them occasionally here and I always hold my breath until the power comes back on. Crying
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midnight21
Jul 4, 2014 2:00 PM CST
Great article. Congrats from one old limey. I am not allowed to eat grapefruit as I am on blood thinners, but I do love a nice big orange. Thank You!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 2:36 PM CST
Thanks for commenting, John. There are definitely some precautions when it comes to grapefruit and medications. However, oranges are great too. And tangerines ... and tangelos ... and Smiling
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Toni
Jul 4, 2014 3:30 PM CST
Oh How I would LOVE to grow anything citrus Drooling I can’t believe Larry has been able to keep a lemon tree alive for years in zone 5b. That is truly amazing Hurray!
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 4, 2014 4:27 PM CST
I know. It has been many, many years he has kept that lemon alive. Impressive!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jul 9, 2014 10:27 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 10, 2014 7:38 AM CST
SongofJoy said:I know. It has been many, many years he has kept that lemon alive. Impressive!


I agree
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam

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