Hungry Citrus

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 winter citrus trees will be ripening their fruit, so it’s important to support them during this important time and provide them with plenty of nutrients to ensure the fruit are nurtured.


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. 

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.



Scale tip: sweet sugary sap that’s flowing through citrus plants is a magnet for sap sucking pests like scale. Scale insects can be brown, white, pink or grey and appear as small raised bumps along leaves and stems. Sometimes the scale are hard to spot themselves, however if you see sooty mould developing on the leaves (a black ash like film) or ants moving up and down the stems then they’re indicators of a sap sucking insect pest like scale.

Regular sprays of Yates Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray, on both the upper and lower leaf and stem surfaces, will help keep scale 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

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