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.
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.
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.
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.
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.