The last couple of years have not been too hard on my orange trees we had some hard freezing 3 or 4 years ago and destroyed my crop but the trees survived. I am in Central Florida so I do have some concerns for a Winter's we do get some freezes and on occasion a hard freeze. I believe you're in Florida somewhere as well is there anything special you did prepping for the freeze? Although it looks like your trees are in a semi covered area
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@RonS I'd look into building a green house with PVC and sheets of plastic. It will be the most inexpensive way to go about it. Since it's PVC u can also adjust it how you like.
I'd also look into the root stoute method (permaculture) ive replaced using osmocote (best fertalizer I have found that's store bought) with hay, Lima beans on the top soil. And fish emulsion, decaying plant and animal matter, mixed with coconut husks or peat moss under neat the trees. It's like it's own ecosystem for each plant and I have had amazing growth with the changes we have made. I can type out More info if your interested.
Thanks! They're my babies for sure! I bought 4 and rooted 2 myself. I'll be cloning a LOT more very soon! I'm about to order some rock wool and already have root growth hormone. If you have any suggestions or tips for cloning, I'm all ears.
I live in SC and in the winter, it'll get below freezing. All of my research tells me that too much exposure to those temps can be fatal to the trees. I'm also, renting ATM so I don't really easy to plant them in the dirt yet. I do have a small greenhouse that's housed them this past winter but now they're much too big for that one so I'm going to get at least a 10x12 before Oct-Nov. I'm definitely going to get the trash cans with wheels though. That's next on my list before anything else.
@roadkill I'm so happy to hear that! I have been talking about it with one of my new employees and she seams up to the task to maintain it. She's the one who got us on it in the first place. I was even able to source tons of free hay so if I just keep bringing it to the nursery then it will work itself out.
Have you thought about fencing off the oranges from the chickens? How well do the oranges grow where you are? Do you have issues with frost?
Excellent, you would be surprised at how quickly that stuff kind of disappears into the Earth. But if you stay on top of it and keep adding to it after a season or two you'll have some great soil. My orange trees love it plus it helps to retain moisture. Unfortunately I also have chickens they also love it and tear up my areas constantly