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Cold Night Makes Sweet Citrus

Who ever would have thought that oranges and grapefruit love the cold weather? Citrus is a winter crop, and while they’re not happy with freezing temperatures, they definitely like a chill. When the thermometer drops during the overnight hours, the cold actually makes citrus sweeter by triggering sugar production in the fruit. Unless there is a hard freeze in the area the fruit can be stored right on the tree until needed. There is hardly anything better than a fresh picked grapefruit eaten in the garden while the sun is rising up over the distant trees.

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About Sue Patterson

During my years of gardening in north central Florida I've tried a number of ways of keeping track of what happens in my garden during the year. This is a record that I can check back on, and a place for pictures and lists of what I planted and how it worked out.

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