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The Citrus Story

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I mentioned on the About Me page that my first plant was a Wax Begonia. I also had numerous other house plants at a very early age, including Spider Plants, Christmas Cactus and other assorted succulents and cacti.

I had really gotten into cacti and succulents for a time being, after I had gotten married, in of all places, Maine. I was growing them from seed and belonged to the national cactus society. After moving to Charleston, I still toyed with them some, even contemplated starting a company to sell them called The Charleston Cactus Connection.

Then a visit to one of the local grocery stores, right around Christmas changed all of that.

My wife and I were shopping and walked past the florist section. There on the shelf was a little Calamondin tree (a kumquat hybrid) 50% off. My wife said I should buy it, the poor thing looks so sad. I said no, I don't need anything like that. She insisted, the poor thing needs a home. She regrets those words!! LOL Just kidding.

I have NO IDEA what happened after that! I know the second citrus plant I got was a Key Lime and then seriously, I have no idea what happened.

At one time I had 109 different cultivars of citrus in the yard. Not just plants, 109 different kinds of citrus fruit. Everything from citrons to grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges and all kinds of crazy hybrids like procimequats and citrumelos and all things in between.

I have since cut my collection down to a more reasonable 65 or so.

With all of the quarantines and diseases of citrus that have been rearing their ugly heads, it has made it a little more difficult to increase the collection again. Maybe someday, when I have LOTS more property, and they have either found a cure for Citrus Greening or I am not living in a quarantine zone, I will endeavor to increase it again.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the fruits that I do have from many different places, including Australia, Spain, and Rota Island.

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