Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Sara Fitz­patrick

Lemons: Eu­reka pro­duces a lot of fruit over many months with fewer thorns. Lis­bon also yields heav­ily but has more thorns and only fruits in win­ter and spring. Meyer is less acidic al­though does not have a sum­mer crop in Perth.

Or­anges: Navelina and Ne­whall are early va­ri­eties crop­ping in win­ter. Wash­ing­ton and At­wood are mid-sea­son and Late Lane and Chislett are late va­ri­eties. Va­len­cia pro­vides sweet fruit through sum­mer.

Man­darins: Im­pe­rial and Daisy Bear fruit from May to July, Hick­son from July to Au­gust, Afourer from Au­gust to Septem­ber and Mys­tique and Mur­cott from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber. Thin-skinned va­ri­eties such as Im­pe­rial, Hick­son and Afourer are eas­ier to peel but more sus­cep­ti­ble to fruit fly.

Grape­fruit: Marsh (white flesh), and Rio Red and Star Ruby (red flesh). Red-fleshed va­ri­eties are sweeter and have bet­ter colour in the north of the state and if grown in Perth need to be left on the tree un­til at least Septem­ber to de­velop.

Lime: The Per­sian or Tahi­tian lime is seed­less and more cold-tol­er­ant then the West In­dian. Look for trees with healthy green growth, no leaf yel­low­ing Choose a site pro­tected from strong winds with a sunny as­pect Fer­tilise well Be­ware of mediter­ranean fruit fly Avoid strong sun­light, which can burn fruit

Lemons can grow well in Perth.

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