Having a lemon tree in the backyard was once the great Australian dream. Now it’s a citrus orchard with limes, blood oranges and mandarins rivalling the humble lemon for space and pride of place.
Grown in pots or in the ground, citrus fruitsare evergreen trees that need year-round care.
Luckily, citrus are dead-easy to grow and produce an abundant harvest in only a couple of years from planting. To reap the rewards year after year, follow this simple citrus regime.
Whether you’re growing a lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, grapefruit or tangelo, caring for your citrus tree has never been easier. Follow these four simple tips to keep your trees healthy and happy.
Water trees deeply twice a week during establishment.
The frequency of watering can be cut back when trees are established, so you're only watering during dry periods and when fruits are developing.
It’s important to maintain soil moisture from fruit set to harvest to prevent trees becoming stressed, which could result in a significant part of the crop dropping before it's ripe.
Fertilise at the start of every season. Apply a generous amount of organic fertiliser such as Pure Organic Fruit & Citrus Premium Plant Food, blood and bone or composted manure to the soil around your tree.
TIP: Alternate between different organic fertilisers each time you apply them, to provide a range of nutrients throughout the year. For example Pure Organic in Spring, and blood and bone in Autumn.
NOTE: The application of controlled release fertilisers in addition to the organics will help to ensure a range of nutrients is available to your citrus when needed most.
Problems with pests and diseases can be largely avoided by ensuring your trees are healthy.
To give your trees the best possible start:
Of course, no matter what you do, pests and diseases can attack your citrus. Look out for:
When it comes to pruning, citrus are quite different to the majority of fruit trees because they are evergreen. Forget all those fancy pruning techniques and simply:
That’s all there is to it - caring for your citrus couldn’t be easier!
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