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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Why Citrus?

 

If you ask me as a business man, I'm not quite sure. With the citrus plants we offer online, we are entering an unsafe and unknown terrain. We look forward to this, especially since we have been preparing for these citrus plants for one year, but we also have respect. But if you ask me as a breeder and fruit lover, the answer is clear: we now also offer citrus fruits because they close an excruciating gap in the Lubera range, because citrus plants belong to lustful gardening together with fruits and berries – also here in Central Europe. And then there is something else: I am fascinated by the history of citrus plants and their development. Quite clearly, this immense variety is essentially composed of a few primal forms: the citron, the mandarin orange and perhaps even two or three other ancient citrus types. And this is particularly interesting for the breeder in me: because the citrus species seem to be very heterogeneous (that is, genetically diverse) and because very many species can easily hybridise with each other, then, over thousands of years, this diversity has evolved. It is an exciting thought how nature unfolds, so to speak...

Interestingly, many citrus varieties have become very tolerant to coldness on their way from the regions of origin in India and China to the North and West. Or even more likely, this tolerance comes from these areas of origin itself. First, they went to the Middle East, to Palestine, then they spread to the Mediterranean and were brought overseas by maritime transportation – and since the Renaissance, since the golden age of citrus cultivation in the courts of Europe, they have also tried to gain a foothold in Central Europe. Respect!

And there is something else very helpful to note: from their areas of origin, where it can also sometimes be cold, to 0°C or slightly below this temperature, many citrus varieties have proven to have good tolerance to coldness: no, they cannot withstand any frost (except the winter hardy specialties and crossbreeds with Poncirus trifoliata), but they are able to survive at temperatures between 0° to 4°C. At temperatures between 4° to 10°C they reduce their life functions (assimilation, water evaporation) so strongly that they can be overwintered simply by surprise. It is important that you use this adaptability (a kind of hibernation) and that you do not provide the citrus plants with too much warmth when there is too little light. Then the citrus plant will not be able to understand the world anymore and goes crazy. But that would also be the case for us, too, if top performances were demanded from us without food (light and fertiliser)...

We are convinced: for growing on terraces and balconies, citrus is much easier than you think. One just has to – as always – try to understand the plant...

Markus Kobelt

For more PR information contact Fran at Rabbit Attack PR on 07895184395 or rabbitattackpr@gmail.com

 
 
 
 

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