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Fruit & Citrus
Every garden deserves a citrus tree. In all but the coldest districts, citrus trees feature in backyards. They’re incredible survivors, but will perform better and bear wonderful crops if they’re well cared for.
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Where to grow citrus
Plenty of Sun
Citrus trees need to be in full sun. If you’re short of sunny spots in the garden, grow citrus in pots that can be moved to take advantage of changing patterns of sunlight. Although citrus are traditionally grown in terracotta, these pots can be heavy (and expensive!). Yates have the perfect solution: their Tuscan pots are lightweight, surprisingly inexpensive and have that wonderful Mediterranean look that goes so well with citrus. Tuscan pots come in a range of sizes. The large 50 cm size is big enough to grow almost any type of citrus tree happily for many years.
In the garden citrus must have good drainage. In heavy clay soils it’s best to put some extra effort into preparation. Before planting, raise the level of the bed as much as possible, dig in some coarse sand and plenty of old organic matter (compost, aged manure or commercial soil improver).
Mix some Dynamic Lifter organic pellets into the soil before planting. Dynamic Lifter’s gentle organic nature means that it won’t cause root burn, even if it accidentally contacts some of the roots.
Feed with Thrive Granular Citrus Food at least twice a year. Citrus are very greedy plants and, because of the extra demands imposed by their heavy crop, it’s always best to use a specifically formulated food. Occasionally switch to Dynamic Lifter organic pellets to improve the levels of microbial activity in the soil.
Citrus in pots
To reduce the risk of root burn, citrus in pots should be fertilised with a slow release plant food. Here again, Dynamic Lifter is suitable, or choose Thrive Once-a-year-feeder Shrub & Citrus.
Pests and diseases on citrus
- Symptom: Lumps on fruit and leaves that can easily be scratched off.
- Remedy: Scrub gently with a soft brush and soap.
- Symptom: Curled-up leaves. Reddish-brown patches on back of leaf
- Remedy: Move potted citrus to warmer position
- Raised, warty lesions on outer skin.
- Spray with Champ DP before, during and after flowering.