Citrus trees like mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are always hungry!

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They’re busy throughout the year, growing lush new foliage, producing beautifully perfumed flowers and developing their delicious fruit.

During early autumn citrus trees will grow a lovely new flush of leaves in addition to continuing to nurture their fruit. It’s important to support citrus during this hectic time and provide them with lots of nutrients to ensure they’re well fed. 

Feeding

It’s easy to give citrus the nutrition they need with Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food or Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food.

They’re both complete citrus fertilisers that contain 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.

  • For liquid feeding: Mix 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food into a 9 L watering can and apply over the root zone each week.
  • For pelletised feeding: apply Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone every 8 weeks. It contains more than 50% natural ingredients and both feeds citrus plants and helps improve the quality of the soil.

Pest Alert

Tender new citrus foliage is susceptible to attack from citrus leaf miner, which causes silvery trails and curled and distorted leaves. It ruins the look of the tree and in severe cases affects plant health by reducing the potential for photosynthesis (capturing energy from the sun).

New growth needs to be protected by spraying with Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray. It deters the citrus leaf miner moth from laying her eggs on the foliage, which hatch into the larvae that tunnel into the leaves.

This is a pest that needs to be prevented, as the damage is irreversible. Spray citrus trees every 5 – 14 days from when the new foliage is around 4 cm long.

Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray is 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 citrus leaf miner prevention.


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