Since 2012, US Citrus has been establishing groves in the perfect sandy loam soil of Hargill, a tiny town in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The community has rewarded us with bountiful inspiration, strengthening our citrus culture.
Dr. Mani Skaria moves to South Texas as a research scientist at the Texas A&M Citrus Center. This is after helping develop a citrus program in the country of Jordan with USAID, and working with the apple industry at Washington State University.
As the lead citrus pathologist of Texas, Dr. Skaria protected the Texas citrus industry by implementing the clean citrus program. He also perfects his micro-budding grafting technique. This process allows for drastically reduced land and resource use. This has allowed US Citrus to develop large-scale, cost-effective, and sustainable citrus production. For his contributions to the Texas citrus industry, Dr. Skaria is eventually made Professor Emeritus at TAMUK and wins the prestigious Pott's Award.
US Citrus is established in Hargill, TX. US Citrus quickly became the largest employer of this tiny town. There lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lime and specialty citrus groves were established. Many were the only varieties growing in the United States!
After many years of tree growth, US Citrus, partnering with other small growers in the Rio Grande Valley, offers the Craft Citrus Club. A unique citrus subscription box to make the best citrus fruit available to the American consumer year-round. All fresh-harvested, tree-ripened, and based on the seasonality of the citrus!
Get custom crafted boxes of fresh, seasonal citrus.
From our Texas groves, to your home.
US Citrus only uses drip irrigation, reducing water use per tree by over ~90%, compared to flood irrigation techniqu
Because micro-budded trees are smaller, we plant at a high density at ~ 6-10 times the conventional system. This allows us to use drastically less land for any given harvest yield.
We plant grass in the middle of our rows to increase natural predators, decreasing pesticide use. Weed fabric is placed around trees for physical suppression of weeds, decreasing herbicide use