Environmental Conditions

The Indian River Citrus District was mapped and described because of the excellent soil and water conditions that prevail on the eastern seaboard of Florida

citrus groveUnderneath the Indian River Citrus District is the distinctive Anastasia formation, composed of coquina limestone, which the root system of the citrus trees tap for essential minerals and nutrients during the growing season.

The District, generally, is extremely flat. This flatness, in concert with a high water table only two to three feet below the surface of the land, provides the trees with enough moisture to obtain the highest quality of texture, shape and flavor.

enjoy citrusIndian River soil is rich in calcium and other minerals that abet citrus groves. The nearness to the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean also has a major bearing on the exceptionally good taste of Indian River Citrus.

Most importantly, citrus trees need approximately one inch of water per week to bear good citrus. Another plus for the growing conditions is that the average annual rainfall over the majority of the Indian River Citrus District is approximately 52 inches per year.

These natural elements combined with excellent production skills and improved scientific research, produce very high quality citrus that is thin skinned, has a high sugar content and flavor that is recognized around the world.


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