A Member-Submitted Guide to Caring for Citrus in Coachella Valley

I recently took a class on citrus at the Coachella Valley Water District given by Don Ackley, who evidently also teaches at the College of the Desert and the Living Desert.

There are seven main points to remember for doing well with citrus trees:

  1. Pick the right tree. Some varieties do better here than others. For example, Eureka Lemon does better than Meyer; Hamlin Orange does better than Washington Navel. Check the Sunset Western Garden book for the best varieties in the desert. Some trees also do well with a pollinator tree nearby. Mandarins need Tangelos and vice-versa.

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