Care of Citrus Trees

 

  • Citrus trees need a well drained soil and regular watering, particularly in the summer months. They grow best in an open, sunny position, protected from wind.

 

  • To ensure good fruiting, feed your trees with a generous amount of Epsom salts, which contains magnesium, mineral salts and trace elements. We sprinkle about 1/4 cup on the base line of each tree twice a year, and then water it in. Alternatively, a solution of 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts per 1 litre of water can be used as a foliar spray for quicker results.

 

  • Use a sprinkling (1/4 cup) of a fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium fertilizer every two months from September to March as well.

 

  • Older trees only need to be fed every three or four months.

 

  • Avoid fertilizing in very hot weather.

 

  • The roots of citrus trees come close to the soil surface so any cultivation needs to be kept to a minimum. They enjoy mulch, but keep the mulch away from the trunk to avoid the risk of bark infection.

 

  • If your trees have a mite infestation, this may also cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop off, especially under warm and dry conditions. Spraying with Oleum Oil on a regular basis (twice weekly) will help disperse these pests and not harm the environment.

 

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