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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.


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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