Wisconsin man’s indoor citrus tree is 61 years old and part of the family
Green Bay, Wisconsin. – is part of the family Mark Was I only let them in when it gets cold outside.
Don’t name it – oops, it doesn’t – but it’s over 6½ feet tall and barely fits through the door.His wife has a little thorn on her side.
Still, I couldn’t love the grapefruit tree more.
He was a sophomore when he and his mother planted seeds from half the grapefruit they were eating for breakfast that morning. I am by his side.
He spent his first 20 years at home, graduating from plastic pots to whiskey barrels. Woz and his wife Linda in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin moved into his Gendritch home together when he got his own apartment.
Spend the summer on your patio, overturned by strong winds, and deer using pots to sample leaves and squirrels to bury their treasures. Come fall, the southeast corner of the house weathers the Wisconsin winter, complete with window views and grow lights for “a little oomph.”
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“I don’t know what happened to my parents.”
Getting about 100 pounds of wood inside the house and putting it outside again is a semi-annual task.
It grows up to a foot in summer and is usually pruned in the fall to reduce its size. Then it’s wrapped in blankets and wrapped in bungee cords and twine to reign over the branches and make it easier to get through the door. It took him, Gendrich, and his neighbors to dispute it, and even then, someone or some walls are still scratched or impaled by one of its large thorns.
“I don’t know how my parents did it for the first 20 years. As soon as I moved to Wauwatosa, they showed up with it in the back of their car and said, ‘Look, we’re already I do not want”
Gendrich has been known to share that sentiment from time to time, but despite her pleas to “get rid of that thing,” the tree is still fine.
It’s root bound, but you pull it out of its pot about every three years, cut back the roots, give it fresh soil, and watch it thrive when summer temperatures hit. As he told him, “Water and sunshine, and it will flourish.”
‘I can’t get rid of it. I just can’t.’
When a spider mite infestation occurred about 10 years ago, things were a little different.
“Unfortunately it never came to fruition. I don’t know why,” said Woz, who has long given up hope of it coming to fruition. “At 61, like me, I’m past my prime.”
What it lacks in breakfast table offerings, it makes up for in conversation pieces. At every Christmas party, birthday party, or picnic on the patio, it’s a must-have for people to talk about. When visitors can’t believe it’s a grapefruit tree, pick a leaf and rub it between your fingers so they can smell the citrus scent.
There was a time when I was considering donating it to the Dome. Surrounded by tropical friends and freed from stressful seasonal travels, we were able to spend our golden years in a warm and comfortable home all year round.
“But I can’t do that. It’s part of my childhood,” he said. “I can’t get rid of it. I just can’t.”
A small piece of his mom is growing with that tree. January and he recall sitting at the table in February looking through the botanical catalog and picking peppers and tomatoes that started with seeds.
She is love in this labor of love. He’s sure she’ll be looking down at her and smiling to herself when it’s time to move the trees in the fall and spring.
Kendra Meinert is an entertainment and feature writer for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Contact her at 920-431-8347 or email@example.comFollow her on Twitter @Kendra Meinert.