Citrus: Complete Guide to Selecting & Growing More Than 100 Varieties for California, Arizona Texas, the Gulf Coast and Florida (Illustrated)
For anyone who grows citrus or wants to begin, this book offers a complete and up-to-date guide to selecting and growing more than one hundred varieties of oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and kumquats, as well as exotic citrus. Lance Walheim has tailored his book to growers in California, Arizona, Texas, the Gulf Coast, and Florida, and tells also how to grow successfully in cold-winter areas. Walheim offers practical methods for making citrus part of outdoor living areas—in entries, backyards, courtyards, and even in containers for patio gardens. He also tells how, with the extended and varied harvest seasons of citrus, one can grow and enjoy fresh fruit almost year-round. More than 100 color photos show the size, color, and shape of fruit and the mature appearance of trees, while charts show at a glance where a particular variety will grow and when to expect a harvest. Walheim also discusses alternative, chemical-free methods of pest control to ensure healthy as well as healthful fruit.
Great citrus guide with wonderful pix/info
By A Customer - October 10, 2001
I have read several other books on citrus cultivation, but this book is by far the best i've run across. It has excellent photographs of the hundreds of citrus fruits, both on the tree and of the inside of the fruit itself. It has some great citrus recipes, but it mainly focuses on the cultivation and care of each variety. This book tells the grower what he/she can exactly expect to see, and how to best care for your tree. If there is ANYTHING this book lacks, it is more info on out-of-zone citrus gardening. For example, i live in NC and i have phenomenal success with all my trees in containers (i winter them in a "cheap" plastic greenhouse). That is my only criticism of this book---otherwise, all cultivar info is detailed and well illustrated!!!!
Great pictures, but could have been better
By S. Chiang "S. Chiang" - July 18, 2004
The book is attractive and does contain a lot of information about different citrus varieties. My main criticism is that the Planting and Care section could have been much more substantial. Specifically, since the descriptions of various citrus ailments (poor nutrition, inappropriate watering, infection with pests) are not accompanied by photos of the symptoms, it makes it harder for the reader to figure out what these problems might actually look like. The black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings of pests are somewhat informative, but they're very limited compared to what might be conveyed by a photo.Also, a few diagrams to help illustrate "good pruning" would have been great.I'm not suggesting that this book should have been a definitive technical treatise on citrus, but I think it would have been more useful if more attention had been paid to what goes wrong when you're trying to grow citrus.
By Benjamin J. Tudor - December 3, 2009
This book is a nice overview of citrus: it has a well-rounded history section, which I found very interesting, a brief summary of about 80 types of citrus, a section on rootstocks with positive and negative characteristics, and many other chapters on various topics.
I do agree with an earlier reviewer that calamondin is NOT a sweet fruit: the SKIN is light, thin, and can be described as sweet, but the actual fruit is something like a lemon or lime, with a flavor that is puzzling and new (to me, anyway). The rest of the information on the calamondin is accurate.
I wouldn't give the book one star, but it definitely was a disappointment for me in that I wanted more hard information on the particulars of growing citrus.
I'll give the book three stars. This was my first citrus book, given to me as a present, so I want to say that I have no comparison to other authors. The author of this book does, however provide a broad overview of citrus, from a... read more
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