LABOR DAY RECIPES

Posted by Arica Harrison on 8/31/2018

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Labor Day weekend is here! This is a time to gather friends and family, enjoy conversations and laughter, and eat delicious foods in our backyards. BBQ is a big deal this weekend, and so is entertaining. Whether you are hosting the big get-together or going to a friend’s place, having a winning recipe is key. Well, we are here to help.  Previously, we have posted a few recipes that are sure to be a hit – Lime Focused, Refreshing Cocktails, and BBQ Essentials.  Since you are already planning to serve up some yummy dishes, why not join our Labor Day Weekend Contest! The winner of the contest will be awarded a $100 gift card. To enter, simply do the following:

  1. Follow @MOONVALLEYNURSERIES on Instagram or like the @MOONVALLEYNURSERY page on Facebook (chances to win are  better if you do both!)
  2. Make one of our recipes
  3. Snap a picture, tag us, and use the hashtag #MOONVALLEYNURSERYEATS

The contest will go all weekend long, then we will draw a winner on September 4th at noon (PST). So, join the fun! We’d love to see you in your beautiful backyard, enjoying one of our favorite recipes!

We have even compiled a few more tasty recipes that are perfect for this Labor Day weekend:

Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers – An easy and healthy grill option! Using lemons from a Moon Valley Nursery lemon tree is sure to amp up the flavor! This light shrimp dish will be a welcome dish among heavier choices. Click here for the recipe.

Mixed Citrus & Arugula Salad – Nothing like a big dose of Vitamin C! Change up your normal green salad and add a trio of citrus.  Nice mixture of peppery greens and acidic citrus. Click here for the recipe.

Summer Fruit Crostata –  Don’t make a traditional pie, switch it up with this rustic tart-type dish. We like to use peaches, nectarines, and plums – but you can swap in whatever you prefer. Click here for a recipe.

Citrus Lemonade – This is a fun twist on the classic lemonade! A must-have for any citrus lover; it contains lemon, orange, and grapefruit – all are available at Moon Valley Nurseries, waiting to enhance any yard and recipe! Click here for recipe.

Let’s see those pictures! Moon Valley Nurseries wishes you a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Moon Valley Nurseries offers a variety of custom grown citrus and fruit trees ready to thrive in your yard, giving you your own selection of juicy fruits. From lemons to limes, oranges to grapefruits, peaches to plums, and more, Moon Valley has what you need!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Top 5 Reasons to Plant Citrus and Fruit Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 5/17/2018

 

The Many Benefits of Homegrown Fruit and Citrus

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Growing fruit at home is smart gardening. Below are five of the best reasons to plant citrus and fruit trees in your backyard.

For the Healthiest, Tastiest, and Most Economical Fruit

There is no doubt that growing fruit at home is rewarding. After all, we can grow a variety of fruits the way we want to. In other words, we can grow fruits such as apples, peaches, and oranges, and know exactly how and where they were grown. These days, unless you do your research, you have no clue what chemicals they sprayed on your favorite fruit. Feel free to grow the tastiest and juiciest fruit without pesticides.

 For a Gorgeous Spring Show with Fragrance, too!

Fruit trees are not just providers of the healthy fruit that makes our mouths water and fills our belly. Before bearing fruit, the trees can produce beautiful showy flowers. As a bonus, many of these flower bouquets are scented so that they can fill the air with a pleasing aroma. Flower bouquets such as those from a peach tree captivate the senses, adding elegance to any landscape scene. The scent of an apple blossom is one of life’s simple pleasures. When you grow fruit trees at home, you can have all this and more!

 Fruit and Citrus Trees Can Create Shade

Being able to find a spot outdoors with plenty of shade coverage is ideal. After all, the Phoenix sun during the spring and summertime can feel blisteringly hot. The great news is that there are many fruit and citrus varieties that perform exceptionally well growing in a spot with full sun exposure. Evergreen citrus trees have foliage that can provide shade that is perfect for the patio. For best results, we recommend planting more than one tree so that you can have more shade coverage. Plus, with proper planting around the home, these trees can help reduce the temperature inside hot rooms. Also, planting fruit trees are also a great way to add a natural border or to create separate spaces in your yard.

 For Incredible Variety and Flavors

Any “foodie” will tell you that not all fruits and citrus are created equally. You don’t have to be a "foodie" to enjoy the many different varieties and flavors available. Each variety has its own specific character. After all, there are thousands of different varieties of fruits. Some fruits appeal to those that love the tart taste while others are prone to sweet flavors and then there are those that lie somewhere in-between. We can use the many different varieties of fruit and citrus for creating international dishes to baking apple pies and making crafty cocktails.

 You Don’t Have to Leave the House

Imagine being able to pick the tastiest and healthiest fruit right off the tree, in the comfort of your own yard. It is a reality when you have fruit trees growing right outside your door. Wake up and pick oranges for fresh-squeezed juice or grab an apple and slice it up for a tasty snack for your child’s school lunch box. Plus, having fruit trees in your backyard means you can skip the traffic jam and save money on gas. 

Backyard Fruit Trees for Our Area

 

When planning for an edible garden, we will want to consider some things. We need to find out what the best backyard fruit trees are for our area. Knowing which fruit trees grow best for our area ensures that we can enjoy the tastiest and juiciest fruit. For instance, stone fruit trees in our area will need to be low-chill varieties. Luckily, many of the best tasting stone fruits happen to be low-chill variety fruits! We will want to speak with a professional landscape specialist to figure out the best backyard fruit tree layout. Many of the fruit and citrus trees available are dwarf and semi-dwarf trees, which means that they can fit in almost any size yard!

 

Fruit Trees that Fit Your SpacE 

There was a time when citrus and fruit trees or orchards were a common sight on properties. These days our landscape is much more crowded. Some of us live in neighborhoods with smaller yards and less space to plant the trees we want. The good news is that we can grow fruit and citrus trees that fit our area. So, even though times have changed, we can still enjoy the tastes of the season!

valencia-orangeOrange: Some of the best varieties for the Southwest also happen to be favorites. We can grow Arizona Sweet, Washington Navel, and Blood Orange trees and reap the rewards that these super juicy, sweet oranges provide. Start your day off with a healthy dose of vitamin C!

 

 

 

 

 

650x650-LemonLemon: Eureka, Lisbon, Meyer, and Pink Lemon are the best varieties to grow in our area. Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin rind that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze! A pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade is coming right up!

 

 

 

 

 

lime_on_treeLime: When it comes to growing limes in our area, we can grow a couple of the best varieties - Key Lime (Mexican Lime) and Bearss Lime (Persian Lime). We can make Key Lime pie or use a slice of lime for any number of cocktails. Some of us may remember the great lime shortage that we had of a few years back. During this shortage, margaritas and fish tacos didn’t taste quite the same. Grow your own and never worry about a lime shortage again!

 

 

 

 

oro-blanco-grapfruitGrapefruit: Marsh Seedless, Ruby Red, Rio Red, and Oro Blanco are four of the juiciest and tastiest grapefruit known to man. Making things even better is that we can grow these grapefruit varieties in our region! Is the taste of grapefruit too sour? One bite into the sweet flesh of an Oro Blanco will change your mind!

 

 

 

 

 

avocado-1Avocado: Avocados are good for you, and growing them in your backyard means that you can reap the rewards! Haas, Bacon, Fuerte, and Zutano – these are some of the best varieties for our area. Haas is a favorite for use in guacamole and spreading them on toast is a tasty treat that is sure to please the taste buds.

 

 

 

 

peaches_1Peach: Eat a peach and savor the goodness that only a sweet and juicy peach provides! We can grow some of the best tasting peaches right here in our area. The best varieties that we can grow in our area include Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride.

 

 

 

 

 

dorsett-golden-appleApple: Low-chill apple varieties that grow best in our area include Anna, Fuji, and Dorsett (Golden). When it’s hot and bright outside, these trees can also provide shade coverage. These are excellent landscape trees that can add beautiful color to any yard.

 

 

 

 

 

royal_apricot_2Apricot: When an apricot tree is producing fruit, it is a sign that summer has arrived. Gold Kist, Katy, and Royal (Blenheim) are the perfect varieties for growing in our local climate. This is great because these are also some of the juiciest, sweetest, and tastiest apricots you will find!

 

 

 

 

 

650x650-Fig-on-TreeFig: One of the best varieties of figs is also ideal for growing in our area – the Black Mission Fig! Besides the nutritious and delicious fruit, these trees are also an excellent choice for any yard. These highly adaptable trees have attractive green foliage that can provide plenty of shade, too. Also an excellent selection for use as a beautiful seasonal screening plant for patios and decks.

 

 

 

 

santa-rosa-plumPlum: These fruit trees are easy to grow, and we can plant low-chill varieties such as the Santa Rosa Plum. Eat them fresh or make preserves, either way, once you taste them, it is easy to see why many consider this cultivar to be the best-tasting of all plums. These are excellent landscape trees that can produce showy flowers in spring.

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

10 Recipes That Can Make the Most of Limes

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 4/12/2018

limes_We are kind of obsessed with limes. With so many tasty recipes, how can we not be a little head over heels for the fruit that can add a little zing and zest to our food and cocktails? The high acid content and tartness make limes a powerful cooking ingredient.

Enhance cocktails, decadent desserts, and a rich meat dish with a squeeze of lime or a sprinkling of lime zest. The most widely used limes in the United States are Bearss limes. These limes feature a thin green rind, so they are super easy to squeeze and apply for a variety of recipes. Below are some delicious ways to use limes. How do you like to use them?

 

10 Favorite Recipes with Limes

 

  • Marinate a Whole Chicken. Use lime zest as a key ingredient for marinating whole chicken. We love to create a flavorful paste using them in the food processor with scallions, ginger, salt, and oil. Click here for a recipe from Martha Stewart.
  • Make a Lime Glazed Shrimp. Make a spicy glaze for broiled shrimp skewers. This recipe calls for lime zest and juice, honey, garlic, red-pepper flakes, oil, and salt. 
  • Make Lime Cilantro Rice. This easy recipe includes using lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro. Stir the mixture into the cooked rice just before serving and enjoy!
  • Make Lime Chicken Soft Tacos. Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot tastier! We like to create a lime chicken mixture using vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic and oregano and serve it with chicken over a warm tortilla.
  • Add to Hibiscus Tea. Make your tea even more refreshing adding honey and lime juice to freshly brewed hibiscus tea.
  • Chile Lime Peanuts. Turn the heat up on your favorite cocktail companion, peanuts! Toss peanuts with fresh lime zest, Thai chilies, butter, sugar, and salt.
  • Make Margarita Cupcakes. Spice and spike cupcakes with lime zest, juice, and a tequila-spiked curd filling. These cupcakes are guaranteed to be a hit at your next Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo party! Click here for a recipe from Martha Stewart!
  • Key Lime Pie. A favorite on both coasts, we can make an easy key lime pie. Combine egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and mix!
  • Frozen Margaritas. It is not a frozen margarita without limes! A frosty margarita can keep you cool during the dog days of summer. Grab a bunch of limes and squeeze to make fresh lime juice. You will need tequila, sugar, and lots of ice to blend into a tasty cocktail concoction. Top it off with a lime slice and enjoy.
  • Spring Lime Tea Cookies. No tea party is complete without cookies. These light and soft, buttery cookies are bursting with citrus flavor! Click here for a recipe!

Buy a Tree at Fruit Producing Age and Enjoy Limes Today!

The best way to enjoy the juiciest limes busting with citrus flavor is to buy a tree at fruit producing age. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we sell lime trees with fruit so that you can try your hand at making any of the recipes listed above!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

How To Create Your Own Fruit Garden

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/15/2018

fruit_gardenImagine waking up to a variety of fruits right outside your back door. How about enjoying a peaceful moment in a beautiful backyard seating area where you can enjoy the many colors and fragrances? When we create our own fruit garden, we can enjoy picking the sweetest fruits in our yard, and all that comes with it! As a bonus, we can grow fruit the way we want to - with nothing suspicious!

We want to get fruit and citrus trees while they are blooming so they can start fruiting immediately. At Moon Valley Nurseries, all citrus and fruit trees are grown for our local climate, and we have them for sale at fruit producing age so that you can enjoy the sight, scent, and taste of oranges, peaches, lemons, apricots, limes, plums and so much more right now. In fact, this is the best time of the year to start planting a fruit garden!

 

Planning a Small Fruit Garden?

 

We do not need to have a large yard to enjoy the many rewards of a fruit garden. We can grow fruit trees in a small space and enjoy a healthy dessert of freshly picked fruits! Fruit trees are excellent landscape trees too. We can use them to block unwanted views, and when they are flowering, we can enjoy the intoxicating scent that fills the air. Visit your nearest nursery and ask us about our semi-dwarf fruit trees – fruit size is not affected by plant size. Smaller sized fruit trees are easier to manage; no need to climb a ladder to pick fruit!

Sunlight

Most fruit plants grow best in a location that receives at least 6 hours or more of unobstructed sunlight.

Climate

We live in an area that enables us to grow a wide variety of the sweetest fruits. Yes, we can enjoy stone fruit too thanks to the low-chill varieties that we grow and sell, such as peaches, apricots, and plums.

 

Citrus Rootstock Matters

 

Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock, so you know that you are always going to get the sweetest and juiciest fruit. When it comes to citrus trees, those grown on Carrizo rootstock are going to be the best for our area. This vigorous rootstock is resistant to many common citrus diseases, and very cold hardy so that you can have high yields of the tastiest and juiciest citrus available. One taste is all it takes – visit your nearest nursery and taste for yourself!

 

oranges-5.pngNavel, Valencia, Sweet Orange, Trovita: Plant any of these orange trees and wake up, smell the sweet blossoms in the air, and handpick the sweetest, juiciest oranges! Oranges such as Valencia are the best for juicing and all the oranges we sell are going to be full of luscious, juicy flavor.

 

 

 

limes.pngMexican Lime, Bearss Lime: Do you remember the lime shortage of 2014? During that year’s limited supply, the price of limes skyrocketed and was harder to find. Grow lime trees, and you will never have to worry about a shortage again. These are attractive landscape trees that can produce great tasting fruit all year long too. Mexican limes and Bearss limes are the two most commonly grown in our area, and the latter is the one most often used in cocktails.

 

 

lemon-4.pngEureka Lemon, Lisbon Lemon, Meyer Lemon: Growing lemon trees in your landscape is an excellent way to take full advantage of the many health benefits lemons offer. These attractive landscape trees feature thick and lush year-round foliage so that they are an excellent choice for planting in rows for use as a privacy screen. Lemon trees love to grow with full sun exposure and are drought tolerant once established.

 

 

grapefruit_-1.pngRed Grapefruit, Oro Blanco, Mellow Gold: Grapefruit trees are an excellent source of vitamins and are easy to grow trees. These attractive trees can produce a plentiful bounty of fruit on one single tree. In late winter and early spring, they can fill the air with a wonderful citrus blossom fragrance. Grapefruit holds well on the tree, and they are also an excellent addition to drinks, cocktails, and culinary recipes.

 

 

 

_tangerines__.pngClementine Tangerine, Satsuma, Mandarin: Enjoy sweet and juicy mandarins! Some of the best varieties in our area are Clementine, Mandarin, and Satsuma; and, these are also beautiful landscape trees with lush green foliage and orange-colored fruit that is slightly bigger than a golf ball. These easy-to-grow trees love the heat and when planted in rows, can block unwanted views in style.

 

 

 

Low Chill Fruit Trees

Chill hours are the amount of time the fruit trees have spent below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Low chill fruit trees, such as stone fruit, as well as nut trees, require a specific number of hours each winter to regulate growth. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we grow the juiciest, tastiest stone fruit anywhere, grown at the perfect number of chill hours.

 

_peaches_-1.pngPeach trees: Eat the sweetest peaches today! We make it easy to add these trees to your garden. We only sell the best varieties meeting the chilling requirement for our area! Right now we have the best varieties such as May Pride and Florida Prince available at their fruit producing age! Peaches are flavorful and tasty snacks whether eaten whole or for baking. As a bonus, peach trees are also attractive, easy-to-grow landscape trees.

 

 

apricots_.pngApricot trees: All apricot trees are grown for our climate, and we have low chill fruit tree varieties including Gold Kist and Royal Blenheim apricots! One bite of a ripe apricot reveals golden fruit bursting with luscious flavor! We love to eat them whole or make dried apricots. We make it easy to grow the best-tasting, safe-to-eat fruit in your yard by offering them for sale at fruit producing age!

 

 

_plums__.pngPlum trees: We sell one of the best tasting plum varieties on the planet – the Santa Rosa plum! These low chill fruit trees are easy to grow and can enhance the look of any landscape, with or without fruit! Plum trees are self-fruitful and have a beautiful bouquet of white flowers.

 

 

 

nectarines__-1.pngNectarine trees: These are smaller trees and a low chill variety that can produce beautiful pinkish-white flowers in early spring. After the flowers, we can enjoy the juicy and delicious nectarine fruits! Add these attractive landscape trees to your garden and enjoy the view. Goldmine, Desert Dawn, and Desert Delight are simply delicious, and also the varieties we carry.

 

 

 

apples_-1.pngApple trees: Complete a garden with an apple tree! Dorsett and Anna apples are low-chill varieties and are sweet, crisp, and juicy too! We also love the showy flowers in early spring. Let them grow free form so that you can get the best bloom cycle!

 

 

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to create a fruit garden. Grow your own and skip the produce aisle!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

All About the Oranges Perfect for Growing in our Climate

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/14/2018

oranges_close_upOranges, we love them. These juicy, nutritious fruits can strengthen our emotional body and encourage a general feeling of joy, well-being, and happiness. We can have these benefits all year long growing an orange tree in the comfort of our yard. Growing our own orange fruit enables us to wake up, smell the sweet blossoms in the air, and handpick, peel, and eat a healthy, sweet orange. Yep, life is good with all types of orange trees in the yard!

 

Types of Oranges Ideal for our Climate

 

We are lucky to live where we live. We can grow all types of orange trees that are perfect for adding value to our landscape, as well as our life. In the Southwest, we can grow the juiciest, best-tasting, and easiest to grow orange trees. The types of orange trees we can grow in our area include Navel, Valencia, Trovita, and the Arizona Sweet Orange. These are all names of oranges that are familiar to us. After all, these are types of orange fruit commonly found in many grocery stores. Of course, growing our own fruit means that we can skip the produce aisle!

In addition to delighting our senses, orange trees can provide shade, block unwanted views, and add color to our yards. Yes, an orange tree is a valuable addition to any size landscape. Plus, they do not get too big, so they are the perfect fit for smaller spaces, as well as larger estates.

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Orange Nutrition Facts

 

We have been hearing about the health benefits of the orange probably since the day we were able to understand words. Below are the nutrition facts on an orange from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These facts are based on one serving size (one medium size orange.) Percent DV (daily values) are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

  • Vitamin C 130% DV
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Potassium 7%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Dietary Fiber 12%

In addition to the nutrition value, orange fruit is packed full of health benefits. These benefits to our health include containing a great deal of vitamin C which can provide a boost to our immune system and keep our skin beautiful looking - vitamin C also happens to be vital to collagen production, which may help reduce wrinkles and improve our skin’s overall texture. Oranges are also good for the heart thanks to the vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and choline they contain.

 

Grow these Types of Orange Trees in Your Yard

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Navel: The Navel orange is the hardiest of all oranges and hardy for growing in our local USDA zones. These are sweet and called the “winter” orange. Spring is the ideal time for planting this tree, so plant a few and enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring and attractive foliage all year long, with the bonus of a seedless, easy to peel, sweet and juicy orange. These small trees are the perfect size for any landscape, from small yards to sprawling estates.

Valencia: Valencia orange season typically starts in March and runs through September, and their orange peel is thin, so they are easy to squeeze and eat! They are regarded by many to be the best orange for juicing. We like to plant these small to medium sized evergreens in rows, where they can create a privacy screen to block unwanted views.

Trovita: Trovita is a favorite throughout the Southwest because they can produce an abundance of sweet citrus fruit, require very little maintenance, and thrive in the desert heat! These sweet citrus are full of rich  juice, and we also love them because we can store them for months without them becoming sour. Plant these easy to grow trees and delight the senses with an orange tree with lots of fragrance and beautiful fruit color!

Arizona Sweet Orange: These are the delicious multi-purpose Arizona orange with a very low seed count. These orange trees can brighten up any size yard! They can produce medium-sized citrus with bright orange flesh that contrasts beautifully with their green foliage. Grow a sweet orange tree and enjoy each juicy bite!

 

Buy All Types of Orange Trees Right Now and Reap the Rewards!

 

Moon Valley Nurseries has the best tasting, highest quality citrus trees for sale at fruit producing age. We have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest so that you can share the wealth with friends, family, and neighbors!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Trovita Oranges: A Desert Favorite

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/12/2018

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The Trovita orange tree is a favorite throughout the Southwest because they can produce an abundance of sweet oranges and require very little maintenance. Here is another thing we love about these sweet tasting oranges – they can produce heavy crops in the desert heat. In fact, these trees are more productive when grown in the desert heat! That’s right! Why do Californians and Floridians get to have all the citrusy fun? Those of us in the Arizona and Nevada desert can also bask in the glory of sweet Trovita oranges!

 

Why We Love Trovita Orange

 

Trovita oranges awaken the senses with every explosive bite! That is because these sweet oranges are full of rich citrus juice, and we also love them because we can store them for months without them becoming sour. This is good news because they can produce an abundant crop so that we can use them for juicing, making smoothies, and sharing the wealth with our friends, family, and neighbors. Their thin rind makes them super easy to peel so we can easily eat them whole for a blast of citrusy goodness!

 

A Trovita Orange Tree is Easy to Grow

 

We have already established that the Trovita orange tree loves to grow in the desert heat. We also love them because we can grow them indoors or outdoors! We like to use them as a small-scale shade tree and enjoy the sight of their lush, attractive foliage that stays green all year long. As a bonus, a Trovita orange tree becomes more fragrant and beautiful as they start to enter their blooming cycle and become covered in white blossoms. Plant these easy to grow trees and delight the senses with an orange tree with lots of fragrance and beautiful fruit color!

Light: Plant in a location that receives plenty of full sun exposure. For best results, a spot in your landscape that receives 8-12 hours of sun each day is ideal.

Watering: Newly planted trees should be watered 2 to 3 times per week until established. These orange trees do not like wet feet. When watering, be sure to deep water the tree so that the water can penetrate the root system.

Fertilizer: During the warmer spring and summer seasons, apply fertilizer once every six weeks. During the fall and winter seasons, you can cut back the fertilizing to once every 2-3 months.

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Enjoy the Fragrance, Beauty, and Fruit Harvest of Trovita Oranges

 

Are Trovita oranges the juiciest and sweetest oranges you can find? We like to think so! After all, we have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest. Forget about driving to the store and spending your hard-earned cash on inferior tasting store-bought citrus. We would rather grow the sweetest oranges at home, and we have them available for sale at fruit producing age!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

How to Plant and Grow Peach Trees in our Backyard!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/9/2018

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Peaches are delicious, nutritious, and we can grow them with nothing suspicious. Grow an edible garden and be a Rockstar! Peach trees are stylish and beautiful too. In fact, the sight of a peach tree in bloom is magical. The flowers are pale pink, white/cream/gray and red, with a mildly intoxicating sweet aroma with hints of honey and almond – it is no wonder that their scent is a favorite ingredient often replicated in perfumes. Planting a peach tree yields the good fortune of being both beautiful landscape trees and ones that can produce healthy fruits ideal for baking, preserves, or eating fresh-picked off the tree.

 

Why Grow Peach Trees?

 

There are many reasons to grow a peach tree – you can pick your own homegrown fruit, and they are attractive landscape trees, with or without fruit. Also, a peach tree can produce fuzzy fruits that are packed full of nutritional value. As a bonus, these are small trees that are perfect for any size landscape, and since they have a low-branching habit, we like to use them as privacy screens, where they can block unwanted views in style. Of course, we already mentioned the showy flowers that are sure to bring the wow factor to our yards when in bloom!

 

Nutritional Facts

 

Did you know that in some cultures, peaches are considered the divine fruit of the gods and may even hold the key to keep us perpetually young? Fascinating! We are not sure if planting a peach tree in our yard is the fountain of youth we are after. However, these fuzzy fruits are full of nutrition and offer many health benefits, including combating free radicals, reducing inflammation, treating gut disorders, and supporting healthy eyes.

One medium sized peach contains about:

  • Vitamin C: 10 mg / 16% DV
  • Vitamin A: 489 IU / 9% DV
  • Potassium: 285 mg / 8% DV
  • Magnesium: 14 mg / 3% DV
  • Iron: .4 mg / 2% DV
  • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Fiber: 2.3 grams

 

How to Grow a Peach Tree

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Choose low-chill peach tree varieties that grow best in the Southwest, such as Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride peaches. It is spring, so now is the best time to plant peach trees. When do peaches grow? We should be able to pick the sweetest peaches in late spring and summer! Tree-ripened peaches are going to be the sweetest.

Light: These trees love to grow in a location with full sun exposure. Full sun exposure is at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day. Remember this when choosing a good spot to plant a peach tree.

Watering: Irrigate the peach during the growing season. Follow a daily watering schedule if you use a drip irrigation system. If you are using a sprinkler system, irrigate an established peach trees every three weeks. Be sure to keep the soil moist and avoid soggy soil or sitting water around the tree.

Fertilizing: Regular fertilization is recommended. During the growing season, fertilize the tree monthly, with the first fertilizer application around the start of April, when the tree blooms. Always remember to water the tree after fertilization.

Pruning: We recommend pruning the peach tree once it goes dormant in late fall or winter. It is a good idea to cut out any dead branches or branches that are no longer producing peaches. Remove any crowded branches and continue pruning to remove about half of the previous year’s branches.

 

Eat a Peach! Buy a Peach Tree at Fruit Producing Age

We make it easy to enjoy the best-tasting, sweetest peaches! We only carry the best varieties for our area and have them available at fruit producing age. All the trees we sell are cloned from our most premium specimens, and grown here locally by us, giving you, the customer, grower-direct savings as well as the best, highest quality tree! All our peach trees are grafted so they do not require a second peach tree to bear fruit, which also means you can grow the sweetest peaches even if there is only room for one tree!

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Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Valencia Oranges – Learn How to Grow this Juicy Favorite!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/7/2018

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Summertime is the ripe time for Valencia oranges, and the perfect time to gather our friends and family, fire up the BBQ, and get ready to have a party! After all, the Valencia orange is perfect for juicing and adding to a bubbly glass of champagne or squeezing into a beer. In fact, Valencia oranges are the ideal piece of fruit for squeezing at home. Of course, we do not have to imbibe to enjoy the benefits of growing a Valencia orange tree.

 

Ready, Set, Grow a Valencia Orange Tree

 

Valencia orange season typically starts in March and runs through September or so. Yes, we love these sweet oranges – the Valencia orange peel is thin, which makes them easy to squeeze, and as satisfying as it is to be able to squeeze homegrown juice, they are also beautiful landscape trees. We like to plant these small to medium sized evergreens in rows, where they can create a privacy screen to block unwanted views. Don’t you just love the scent of orange blossoms in the air? When in bloom, their intoxicating fragrance is a tell-tale sign that spring has arrived, so we also like to plant them near windows and allow the fragrance to fill our rooms. No doubt about it, Valencia oranges provide a feast for the senses!

 

How to Care for a Valencia Orange Tree

 

Are you ready to take a bite and get a mouth full of the freshest, juiciest, and sweetest oranges you can find, with a minimal amount of seeds? Look no further! A Valencia orange tree is easy to plant and taking care of one is a breeze. We are in luck because these sweet orange trees grow best in our area – USDA zones 9 to 11!

Light: Plant these trees in a location with full sun exposure so that they can produce an abundant amount of oranges. At least 6 hours a day of sun every day is ideal.

Watering: Newly planted trees should be watered two to three times a week for the first several weeks. Once established, water it once a week. Check the soil at a depth of 5-inches to see if the soil is dry. Since the roots of this orange tree are wide, we want to be sure to water past the drip line.

Fertilizing: A Valencia orange tree will benefit from an application of fertilizer. Apply the first round when the fruits start to appear. Apply additional doses every month or two during the entire harvest season. During the dormant season, we recommend applying a dose of fertilizer at least twice.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary unless you want to maintain the shape and height of the tree. If you decide to prune, be sure to do it before the harvest season. Feel free to remove dead and diseased branches.

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Why Wait?! Plant a Valencia Orange Tree at its Fruit Producing Age!

 

Moon Valley Nurseries has citrus trees for sale at fruit producing age. We have been growing all our citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest so that you can share the wealth with friends, family, and neighbors!

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How to Grow the Easy to Peel and Eat Navel Oranges!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/5/2018

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Navel orange season is here, so let’s celebrate! Picking juicy and sweet navel oranges right off the tree is reason enough to throw a healthy-eating party – they are seedless, easy to peel, and perfect to be eaten as fresh whole fruit. These dwarf to semi dwarf-sized trees are so easy to grow - all we need to do is just water them occasionally, and they will reward us with plenty of juicy, seedless oranges!

 

Navel Oranges Are Easy to Grow – Share the Harvest with Friends!

 

Having a navel orange tree in a yard is a must have for any fruit lover. After all, we cannot think of a better way to enjoy the deliciously juicy flesh of a navel orange bursting with citrus flavor than by having one within arm’s reach. Lucky for us, our climate is ideal for growing these seedless fruit favorites! Making things even sweeter is the fact that these small trees are the perfect size for any landscape, from small yards to sprawling estates – it’s all good! As a bonus, they are also drought tolerant once established, making them a perfect fit for growing from Southern California to Arizona and into parts of Nevada!

 

How to Care for a Navel Orange Tree

 The navel orange tree is the hardiest of all oranges and hardy for growing in our local USDA zones. These sweet oranges are considered the “winter” orange, and spring is the ideal time for planting this tree. Enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring and attractive foliage all year long.

Light: Choose a spot in your landscape that receives plenty of full sun exposure. At least six hours a day is preferred. The perfect place in your landscape is one set away from any surrounding grass or structures.

Watering: A navel orange tree requires well-drained soil. Following a regular watering schedule during the first growing season is the best way to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, we can reduce watering. Always be sure to water deeply and allow the soil to dry between watering.

Fertilizing: We like to fertilize in the spring and repeat the process in the fall. Moon Valley Nurseries has developed the perfect blends to boost growth and supplement the essential micro and macronutrients these trees need to thrive in our landscape.

 

Buy a Navel Orange Tree at Fruit-Producing Age!

One bite of this luscious fruit is all it takes to see why the navel orange is one of the most popular orange varieties throughout the Southwest and beyond! Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all our own citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest.

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Live the Sweet Life: Plant an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree!

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/2/2018

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The scent of sweet orange blossoms in the air and one bite of sweet and juicy Arizona oranges is one of life’s simple pleasures that can brighten our day. These orange trees can also brighten up our yards. Citrus sinensis ‘Sweet Orange’ trees can also produce medium-sized oranges with bright orange flesh that contrasts beautifully with their green foliage. You know what else is sweet? Arizona Sweet Orange trees thrive in our area!

 

Why People are Eating Up Arizona Sweet Oranges

 

Yes, these are the delicious multi-purpose Arizona oranges that we love, the ones that are easy to grow with a low seed count (if any). We like to use them for juicing, cooking, in cocktails, in beers, or as a healthy snack that we can eat freshly-picked off the tree. No doubt about it, the Arizona Sweet Orange is a sweet choice for our taste buds as well as for adding vibrant color to our arid environment. They can also be used to create shade, which in Arizona is always welcome. We also like to plant a few of them in rows, where they can act as a living hedge that can block unwanted views!

Anyone can find an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree for sale at Moon Valley Nurseries. Perhaps you have been asking yourself when to plant orange trees in Arizona? The short answer is right now! These Arizona oranges are easy to peel, and we have developed a custom rootstock so that they are guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest.

 

How to Care for an Arizona Sweet Orange Tree

This orange tree is easy to grow, and they have a small to medium size which makes them an excellent choice for any size yard. Arizonians can grow these orange trees and enjoy some of the fullest-flavored sweet oranges in the U.S.!

Light: These sweet oranges do best when growing in a location that receives more than 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Watering: You will want to water about two feet into the soil. If you have a newly planted tree, increase the depth of watering every year until established for three years. Water deeply and be sure to allow the soil to dry between watering.

Fertilizing: Fertilize in early March, late May, and in the middle of September with Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizers, such as Moon Juice. Do not fertilize newly planted trees the first year they are on the ground. If you prefer to use organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion or cured compost, we recommend applying monthly in spring and summer.

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Good News! You can purchase these sweet orange trees at their fruit producing age! At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have been growing our citrus for decades.  We make it easy to eat healthier with the juiciest, sweetest, homegrown fruit!

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

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