|various fruits including oranges, limes, grapefruit
|Varies with fruit selection
If you would like to take advantage of the stunning south Florida climate by growing a variety of citrus at home but your space is limited, the cocktail citrus is the tree for you.
This charming tree consists of grafts from up to six varieties of citrus trees all growing on a single rootstock. Typical combinations include grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and tangelos. Another popular cocktail citrus combines just two varieties of fruit, such as lemons and limes.
On a six-variety cocktail citrus at least three varieties are usually guaranteed to produce. With proper care and attention, it’s perfectly possible for all six strains to thrive.
All you have to do is look at citrus to see that these trees love the sun. Plant the cocktail citrus in a bright location in soils with adequate drainage. Water regularly after planting but be careful not to overwater, as citrus trees are susceptible to root rot. Prune in the spring to remove rubbing branches and encourage new growth. Plant the tree near a patio or window to take advantage of the sweet-smelling blossoms.
If planting space is at a premium, grow a variety of fresh fruit with a cocktail citrus tree.