Fruitful Citrus

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Citrus trees are at their peak fruiting now and it’s a great time to select a citrus tree for your garden.

Citrus require a sunny spot and well drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. A few handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food incorporated into the planting hole is ideal.

For garden citrus, chose grafted trees, as the rootstock imparts strong growth, good fruit production and better resistance to root rot problems.

Make sure to select a variety suited to your climate, especially those in cooler zones where Nagami Cumquat, Meyer and Lisbon lemon, Wheeny Grapefruit, Satsuma (Japanese), Mandarins and Valencia oranges are among the best selections.

Dwarf Citrus are ideal for containers or smaller gardens, reaching 1.5m to 2m in ground and less in pots. It’s only the size of the tree that is compact, so expect full sized fruit and a plentiful yield, on a tree which grows steadily. Harvest citrus as they ripen, but some, like Valencia Oranges, can remain on the tree well into spring.

If you have a glut of lemons or limes and are short on time to make jams, curd or marmalade, pop the fruit whole into the freezer. Although the skin will soften as the fruit thaws, the juice inside is perfect.

Citrus are using up lots of nutrients growing all that delicious fruit, so continue to feed them regularly with fast acting Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food. It’s fortified with extra potassium to promote better quality fruit.


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