Citrus

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Give your citrus a spring refresh with these 2 simple steps

  1. Sprinkle some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone and gently tickle into the soil. Yates Dynamic Lifter will enrich the soil and encourage hard working earthworms. Applying a layer of organic mulch, like bark chips, over the root zone will help to protect citrus’ shallow root system and keep the soil moist.
  2. Apply Yates® Thrive® Citrus Liquid Plant Food over the foliage and root zone each week. It’s a complete fertiliser that contains all the nutrients that hungry citrus need to support the fabulous spring flush.




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Protecting your citrus

Curled citrus leaves?

One of the most common questions about citrus trees is how to control curled leaves. Unfortunately once the leaves are twisted the horticultural horse has bolted and the damage is permanent(until the leaves naturally fall from the tree). Prevention is the key!

The insect pest that causes these deformed leaves is the citrus leaf miner. It’s
a small moth that lays its eggs on tender new foliage. These eggs hatch into larvae that tunnel into the leaves, creating silvery trails and causing the leaves to distort. It ruins the look of a tree and in severe cases affects plant health by reducing the potential for photosynthesis (capturing energy from the sun).

Citrus trees will start their spring foliage flush this month, growing lots of lovely lush leaves. New growth needs to be protected from citrus leaf miner attack by spraying the leaves with Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray which is certified for use in organic gardening.

It deters the citrus leaf miner moth from laying her eggs on the foliage, thus preventing the damage caused by the tunnelling larvae. To protect citrus from leaf miner, spray leaves every 5-14 days from when the new foliage is around 4cm long.

Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray will also control aphids, which are attracted to vulnerable new citrus leaves. Aphids cause leaves to curl under and twist and like citrus leaf miner, the damage is permanent.

Control aphids on citrus by spraying the foliage, including on the undersides of leaves where aphids often hide, every 5 – 14 days.


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