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LUBERA PRODUCES CITRUS PLANTS!

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You are, I hope, accustomed to some madness at Lubera. But this news needs a little bit of time to get used to: we are starting to produce citrus trees at Lubera and have therefore become the probably most northern citrus tree nursery in the world!

How did we come to this decision? Don’t citrus plants grow better in the south? As always, there are of course several reasons for producing citrus plants at Lubera in Buchs, Switzerland:

1. Lubera stands for fruit-bearing plants: we started this spring with the sale of citrus plants, which has done well, far above expectation. Obviously, our customers at Lubera also expect citrus fruits; citrus belongs, so to speak, to our “genes” as a specialist for fruits, berries and generally edible plants.

2. Producing plants ourselves brings confidence: we are convinced that plant confidence is also decisively related to our own production and production experience. We tell our customers how easy it is to grow citrus plants in our climate. Well, then we must also do it ourselves!

3. A continuous offer: like all of our plants, we want to offer citrus plants not only once a year, but continuously from spring until autumn. This is difficult to organise with the traditional citrus tree nurseries in southern Europe. Thus, there are always missing varieties and also the quality is partly very different. With the partial self-production of the citrus trees, we can increase the availability of our range and also improve the quality.

4. More varieties and more resistant varieties: we have already offered 60 varieties of citrus fruit in our first spring season. We will be able to further develop our products thanks to the in-house production of our range and in doing so we will expand the main focus of our production. We will also concentrate on testing plants in order to find cold-tolerant varieties in the temperature range from -12 to -15°C, which complement the traditional varieties and provide additional uses for citrus plants in the garden.

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In this initial first step, some 10,000 citrus plants are currently being produced at our Lubera nursery in Buchs, Switzerland; two thirds of which are frost tolerant citrus hybrids. During the last few days, young citrus plants have been grafted onto absolutely winter hardy Poncirus trifoliata rootstocks (see picture).

The first plants from our own production will be sold in the spring of 2018. Starting in 2019, a wider range of winter hardy hybrid varieties will be sold from the Poncirus trifoliata rootstocks. A large part of the plants is intended for you, for our direct customers at www.lubera.co.uk.

 

Markus Kobelt

 
 
 
 

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