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Around the seasons with citrus.

In sun-drenched, mild-winter regions of the West, there's a citrus tree on nearly every block. Some bear fruit that lives up to the legend; others yield disappointingly sour, dry, or tasteless pulp.

Growing quality fruit starts with choosing a variety that suits your climate. Check the Sunset Western Garden Book or ask your county agent for suggestions. Place trees on your balmiest site. From then on, success depends on year-round care: too little nitrogen too late impairs fruiting; too much late in the year makes fruit coarse and slow to ripen.

Only experience and study will make you an expert, but this guide will help you grow trees that bear up to their potential. In mild climates, you can choose a mix of varieties for harvests year-round. The pleasantest task comes last--plucking the fruit and enjoying its tangy sweetness.
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