December 19, 2016

Visiting My Citrus Collection

To help fight off winter's chill, eat more of those nutrient-rich citrus fruits.

Citrus fruits come in various colors, flavors, shapes, and sizes. Among the most recognizable are oranges and lemons. Less known, the smallest member of the citrus family, is the kumquat. I love them all, and am so fortunate to be able to grow delicious citrus fruits here in the Northeast. I find it so satisfying to walk into one of my greenhouses and pick my own. It is actually quite easy to grow citrus indoors as long as it can be kept in a sunny windowsill or in a bright corner of a room. Most of my citrus collection is from Logee’s Tropical Plants, in Danielson, Connecticut, owned by my friends, Byron Martin and Laurelynn Martin - they have an amazing selection.

As you know, during the freezing months of winter, my potted citrus trees, along with my tropical plants, are kept inside one of several greenhouses here at the farm. This year, I moved most of the citrus to the vegetable greenhouse, to make better use of its vertical space and great light. The move was extremely successful and all of the plants are thriving in their new home. Many of you often ask about my citrus collection - here are some recent photos - enjoy.