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In September I was touring New Zealand and was amazed to find lemons, oranges and grapefruits ripe and ready to eat. Yet 1st September is their first day of Spring. How can it be that their fruit has developed and ripened through their Winter - it seems contrary to our knowledge of the blossom/fruit set/fruit ripen cycle which starts in our Spring and ends in late Summer/Autumn. Can someone please explain?



Hi Dapperhawk
What part of NZ were you touring? Because the north is sub tropical and he south is more temperate a bit like the southern Europe .So if it was the north then that would be perfectly normal as these would grow and fruit all year round. As for the south island I am not too sure about

1 Dec, 2010


Citrus fruits are 'Winter' fruits, albeit in warmer climes. Here in Spain they are ready in December - not in my region of the north - but in the south the orange groves are a wondrous sight in December/January.

1 Dec, 2010


Must have been the north island, the south is too far south to allow for growing citrus fruit - at least friends we have who live there say this.

1 Dec, 2010


I grew up near Auckland. We had all those, and feijoa (acca), passion fruit, plus many of the soft fruits we have here. It's a real heaven for plantspeople. But . . . I love the Hampshire countryside best. Worthy

1 Dec, 2010

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