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Great Citrus - Fiona Bruyn

Great Citrus - Fiona Bruyn

Great Citrus - Fiona Bruyn

Great Citrus - Fiona Bruyn

Great Citrus - Fiona Bruyn

Lemons and other citrus trees including oranges, mandarins and limes are a must for any backyard. Citrus trees have the reputation of being really hardy and easy to care for which is true in part, they are pretty tough to kill. But if you want stunning fruit, thatís nice and sweet and doesnít have really thick skin soil balance and bug protection is of top importance.

Citrus trees have glossy, evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers in spring. Fruit then follows the flowers. Citrus fruits are great for your health. One of the best things to do to reduce your chances of getting colds is to eat lemons, oranges, grapefruit and mandarins.

Depending on the variety, Citrus can grow happily in pots or in the ground they just have different requirements. Tahitian limes for example have small seedless fruit most of the year and they do quite well in pots. Getting the soil right is straightforward thanks to thrive premium-potting mix. Just mix in some waterwise water storage crystals to help hold water in the pot. If you already have existing potted citrus trees just poke holes in the mix, drop the crystals in and cover.

Make sure you donít bury the trunk of the plant below the original soil line or it will develop collar rot. Then fertilise and mulch to help settle your citrus into itís new home. Potted citrus should be fed with Dynamic Lifter or thrive Once-A-Year Feeder.

Existing citrus trees that are in the ground have different fertilising needs.
Lemons are hungry plants. Make sure you feed them at least two times a year with granular Citrus Food on a cool day for fertilizing. Add the fertilizer to moist soil and water well after application to dissolve the fertilizer salts.

Itís also a good idea to occasionally sprinkle a handful or two of Dynamic Lifter pellets around the drip line during summer. This keeps the soil functioning well.

There are a range of insects that can attack citrus trees so working out what is wrong with them can sometimes be difficult. Some of the insects include scale insects, aphids and citrus leaf miner that you might have seen it causes a twisting of the new foliage. Fortunately all of these pests can be controlled by regular applications of low toxic PestOil.

Youíll also need to mulch so before applying around a 10cm cover of mulch remove all the grass from around the base of the tree. Citrus really hate having to fight for nutrients with greedy grass when it grows in their drip. Make sure that the mulch is not contacting the trunk because this will encourage root and collar rots Ėwhich they can develop really easily. Keep the mulch aerated and to treat collar rot or root rot, spray with Yates Anti rot.

Once youíve protected your citrus from bugs and rot, youíve got the soil right and they are growing and fruiting happily you can proudly enjoy the fruits of your labour.

For any more information on Yates products to look after your citrus or any of your other plants in the garden




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