Citrus, Fact, Fiction and How You Can Have Your Own Orchard
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Tom Shea will briefly discuss the history of citrus in Southern California, then focus on the types of citrus you can grow in your home garden. Whether it is mandarins/tangerines, sweet oranges, blood oranges or sour oranges, Tom will provide planting and growing information on all. In addition, he will provide an update on citrus pests and how to manage them. If you have ever wanted to be a backyard citrus grower, put this session at the top on your list.
Tom Shea is a Staff Research Associate with the University of California Cooperative Extension serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties. He works in the Subtropical Horticulture Program where his primary focus is on citrus, avocado, dates and other subtropical fruits. He has also collaborated with UC Farm Advisors with lychee, longan and blueberry production. He has been involved in citrus leafminer research since 2002 in Riverside and San Diego Counties. He has been conducting Asian citrus psyllid (ACP)/Huanglongbin (HLB) informational meetings and talks to the California Association of Nurserymen and Garden Centers, numerous garden clubs, Master Gardeners (trainees and veterans), California Rare Fruit Growers and other interested civic groups since 2008 throughout Southern California.