Citric Supply

Over winter, we were surprised by the immense popularity of oranges. We have a few old orange trees around the farm. They produce wonderful fruit, and customers snapped them up by the dozen.

We could not even come close to supplying the demand. We have responded to this demand by planting two new groves of citrus trees.

Thornleigh Farm Lord Howe Island citrus tree
A newly planted baby citrus tree

The older orange trees are extremely tall, making harvest quite difficult. These newly planted trees are dwarf varieties. We hope their shorter stature will ease harvest.

Thornleigh Farm Lord Howe Island citrus trees
Newly planted citrus trees

Both groves feature a mixture of lemons, limes, and oranges. They will take several years to grow up and bear fruit.

Citrus love sun. One grove has been planted in amongst the driveway lawns, where they will receive lots of sunlight.

Before (left) and after (right) we planted the southern citrus grove

The other grove is behind the northern gardens. We aren’t so sure about the sunlight in this area, and are a little worried that the trees may be starved of sun in winter. We will see, and we can’t wait to serve you yummy citrus fruit.

A newly planted citrus tree starting to flower

Our sincere thanks go to Hank Bower at the Lord Howe Island board, and Eastern Air Services. Hank assisted with the importation of the citrus trees, and ensured they complied with the Island’s biosecurity rules.

Eastern Air went above and beyond in caring for the trees while they were in transit. They did more than we could have hoped for, and ensured the trees arrived quickly in good health.

Our Avocados

Thornleigh’s avocado trees are very old. Our avocados are not a variety that you will see in supermarkets today.

Avocado Thornleigh Farm Lord Howe Island
Yummy! Notice the thin skin

We think that our avocados are the unique Brogden cultivar going back to the 1930s. They are named after the grower Tom W Brogden of Winter Haven, Florida. The variety may be a cross between Mexican and West Indian cultivars.

Avocado Thornleigh Farm Lord Howe Island
Snagging avocados off the tree

The cultivar’s name was published by the Florida State Horticultural Society in 1951, and is recognised for its dark-purple skin colour when ripe and juicy yellow flesh. Brogdens were not suitable for commercial production because of their thin skin, which some say can be eaten with the flesh.

For those who like to try something a little different!

Avocado Cow Thornleigh Farm Lord Howe Island
Luna standing guard, protecting the Avocado stock