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Citrus trees like mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are always hungry! They’re busy throughout the year, growing lush new foliage, producing beautifully perfumed flowers and developing their delicious fruit.
During early autumn citrus trees will grow a lovely new flush of leaves in addition to continuing to nurture their fruit. It’s important to support citrus during this hectic time and provide them with lots of nutrients to ensure they’re well fed.
It’s easy to give citrus the nutrition they need by mixing 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food into a 9 L watering can and applying over the root zone each week.
Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food is a complete citrus fertiliser that contains a specially formulated blend of nitrogen to promote green leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium to encourage flowering, healthy plants and quality fruit.
Tender new citrus foliage is susceptible to attack from aphids, which can cause leaves to permanently curl and distort and reduce overall plant health. Aphids also excrete a sweet sticky substance called honeydew, that attracts the disease sooty mould, which appears as a dark grey ash covering over leaves and stems.
Regular applications of Yates Natures Way Organic Citrus, Vegie Ornamental Spray Ready to Use, on both the upper and lower leaf surfaces, will help keep aphids under control. It’s based on natural pyrethrin and vegetable oil and is certified for use in organic gardening, so is ideal for gardeners wanting to use organic methods of insect pest control.
Once the aphids (and other sap sucking pests) are controlled, the sooty mould will gradually disappear.