Citrus

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Bronze Orange Bug (or BOB as we like to call him!), sometimes referred to as a stink bug, is a common pest of citrus during spring on the east coast of Australia. BOB is an insect pest that sucks the sap from new leaves and fruit stalks, causing leaves to wilt and die and developing fruit to fall from the tree.

Bronze Orange Bugs start as small green bugs (pictured top right), changing to bright orange as they age and mature to large dark brown bugs.

The only spray registered in Australia for control of Bronze Orange bugs on edible citrus is Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray.

Approved for use in organic gardens it’s based on natural pyrethrin and vegetable oil and is a very effective contact spray for bronze orange bugs. The dual setting trigger applicator on Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray allows a wide spray pattern as well as a thin stream, which is ideal for targeting individual bronze orange bugs.

A word of caution with Bronze Orange Bugs is that they can squirt out a nasty, foul smelling orange liquid which can damage your eyes and skin, so it’s best to wear eye protection and long sleeves when spraying for BOB.
Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray is indispensible during spring as it will help control multiple citrus insect pests.

In addition to killing bronze orange bugs, when sprayed over new foliage every 5 – 14 days it will help prevent citrus leaf miner and aphids from damaging tender new foliage.

Feeding tip: it’s important to keep citrus well fed during spring, as they are very hungry plants which require a lot of nutrients to grow lots of lush foliage and beautifully scented flowers, as well as starting to develop their fruit. Yates Thrive® Citrus Liquid Plant Food contains a complete and balanced meal for citrus, helping to promote healthy green leaves and a great harvest. Every week during spring, mix 2 capfuls into 9 L of water and apply over the foliage and root zone.

Citrus Care

Citrus trees have a shallow root system which can be prone to drying out. As citrus trees are flowering and setting their new crop of fruit during spring, it’s important not to let citrus dry out as trees can drop their fruit if drought stressed.

Soil which is rich in organic matter is better able to retain moisture. Regularly applying Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone of citrus will help increase the soil’s organic matter content and its ability to store moisture.

After applying Yates Dynamic Lifter, adding a layer of organic mulch around the roots will also help to reduce moisture loss and as it breaks down will add further important organic matter to the soil.

Feeding tip: it’s important to keep citrus well fed during spring, as they are working hard growing their new fruit. Yates Thrive® Citrus Liquid Plant Food contains a complete and balanced meal for citrus, helping to promote healthy green leaves and a great harvest.


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