How to Grow Citrus Trees with Lots of Fruits
If you want to grow your own citrus garden in Australia, you are in luck. The climate is very welcoming for these sun-loving plants, and they grow well in both containers and gardens. All you need to enjoy your own lemons, limes or oranges is a bit of dedication, the right Richgro Gardening products formulated specifically for citrus, and 5 hours of sunshine.
- Position your citrus trees in a sunny spot
These species can ‘take hold’ anywhere, but if your goal is to maximise fruiting, your citrus trees will need no less than five straight hours of sunshine a day. In colder climates, they should be planted alongside sunny walls so that the plants can soak up the reflected heat. If you grow your citrus fruit in containers, put them inside when outdoors gets too cool.
- Prevent standing water
It’s imperative for these plants to ensure that the water is drained away fast, or their roots will start rotting. To test drainage, you should dig a deep hole in the place where you want to plant the tree and fill it with water. If it’s not drained within 30 minutes, look for another spot.
- Opt for rare, deep watering
Citrus trees don’t need a lot of moisture, so don’t overwater them, otherwise their roots will rot. However, as Australian soils are dry, these plants will require mulching. Hardwood or Pinebark Mulch from Richgro, will work best for citrus trees and help you reduce the household’s water consumption. Note that mulch shouldn’t touch the trunk of the tree.
- Fertilise Often
Citrus plants are very adaptable and can thrive even in ‘poor’ soil. However, they are heavy feeders and need a constant supply of nutrients for maximum fruiting. You will need to feed the plant regularly (at least 2 kilograms of fertiliser for a mature plant over the year). Apply it to the drip line.
- Skip pruning altogether
Unlike many other fruiting plants, citrus trees don’t need pruning to bear fruit regularly. In fact, you can skip this step of plant care completely and your trees won’t suffer for it. If you want to keep their shape attractive, do a light trim once a year. Do this in early spring to invoke a growth surge. Old citrus trees should be pruned only about once every five years.
- Watch out for pests
Citrus trees often become victims of aphids and citrus leaf miner, as well as some other nasty pests. Regular spraying is a must, and you should inspect your trees often to notice the first signs of problems.