21 September 2011

Citrus trees

     After clearing and cleaning a section of land at False Bluff there was room to plant citrus trees.   Late last year we took a boat trip north to a friend's family farm in Kukra Hill to see about ordering some.   One of the things Nicaragua's current administration has done has been to send agricultural technicians into remote areas to teach such things as grafting techniques to anyone who wants to learn.   My friend's sister wanted to learn, and did; and I placed an order with her that she will deliver to Bluefields this year:  several varieties of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes.   
     The small grafted trees will be planted in an area we began preparing for them this spring.   There are several advantages for me to plant grafted trees:   the grafted tree will bear the same sort of fruit as the tree from which the graft was taken; and the grafted tree will bear fruit at an early age.   Neither of these things is a given with a seedling.   For instance, a citrus seedling might not bear until it is seven years old.
     I ordered several trees grafted from the tree shown here.   Although the fruit in the picture is green, it's ripe and very very sweet.