It is that time of year … Citrus seminar on March 2

It’s been a strange winter – hot, cold, cold and then hot.

But get ready for what we hope is a super spring, and what better way to do so than to attend our annual Citrus seminar. It is on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. to noon.

This year it’ll be taught by Mark Loghry, who is from Sunset Citrus Nursery in Yuma.

He is a 4th generation citrus grower. He is vice president of the Yuma County Farm Bureau, on the Yuma county citrus pest control board, was appointed by the governor to the AZ citrus research council board and helped create the Arizona clean citrus stock program.

The seminar will help:

  • Select the right citrus for your needs
  • Care, prune and fertilize the plant
  • Whether a container plant is best or not
  • Help correct ailments and avoid pests.
  • And so much more.

If you haven’t fed your citrus this year, please do. It should have happened on Valentine’s Day with the remaining schedule coming on Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

When it’s all over we’ll have citrus-tasting from the many varieties we have here in the store. Come in and enjoy!

Filed under: News — by Katie @ 8:44 pm on February 24, 2013

Step away from the pruners … and nothing will get hurt

So, you were out today enjoying what was a fabulous day in Tucson – 76 degrees of luxury – and thinking, hmm, what should I do? The last thing to do is go out and prune some of those plants growing in the backyard or front yard.

It’s still a tad too early to get out the cutters. A deep freeze – unlikely again, better to be safe than, well you know – could happen but just wait about another month. We don’t want you to be touching the tender plants like the citrus, bougainvillea, hibiscus, Tecomas and many other plants that will be starting to bloom in the spring.

Ease up on the tendency to want to cut. Better to be safe than sorry, but as Rillito Nursery owner, Beth Hargrove, the “top of the plant is what protects the bottom.” In no time it’ll be right to prune and when you start to see the plant to begin taking some new life you’ll see the frost line and that’s where you’ll cut.

So, what’s good to cut right now? Roses, Red Bird of Paradise, deciduous fruit trees and deciduous shade trees.

So have at it if you really want to. Just watch it with the ones we told you not to. And, as always, if you have any questions come on by or give us a call.

Filed under: News — by Katie @ 1:12 am on February 3, 2013