Want to know how to grow citrus trees that bear lots of delicious fruit? Here are 8 important tips you need to know to grow your citrus trees successfully!
Are you looking to grow citrus trees, but aren't sure where to get started?
Growing citrus trees can be tricky, but enjoying the fruits of your labor (no pun intended) can be very rewarding.
Before you jump into the process, there are some things you should know about growing citrus trees.
Check out this guide to learn the top tips for growing delicious, fruit-bearing citrus trees.
1. Position it Strategically
In order to successfully grow a citrus tree, you need to be very careful with the positioning.
Citrus trees love sunshine, and you should give them at least five hours per day of sunshine for maximum fruiting. Plant your tree in a warm, north-facing, sunny position.
If you live in a cooler climate, grow your tree alongside a sunny wall. This way, the radiated heat will help warm the tree. Alternatively, you can also bring your citrus trees inside during the winter months.
Also, make sure you choose a spot that has adequate drainage. To figure out a spot with great drainage, dig a hole in the possible planting spot and fill it with water. If the water takes more than 30 minutes to drain, then the spot is inadequate and you'll need to choose somewhere else.
2. Plant Carefully
Planting a citrus tree is a bit of a tedious job. However, planting it correctly can make all the difference when it comes to how well it grows.
We recommend planting your tree in a pot with good drainage unless you live in a tropical climate. Before planting the tree, shake or rinse some of the soil off the tree's roots. This will make it easier for the roots to establish themselves in their new home.
3. Water it Right
Immediately after you plant your citrus tree, water it thoroughly.
Then, continue to water it well a few times per week. You can start to cut back on the watering once you're doing it only when the soil is dry. Also, keep in mind that your citrus tree will not require as much water during the winter months.
4. Prune to Perfection
While citrus trees don't need much regular pruning to grow full citrus fruits, they may need pruning around twice yearly.
If you have an older citrus tree, give it a hard renovation prune every 5 to 10 years. This will include removing dead wood, inward-facing branches, and rubbing branches. You should reduce the branch quantity by at least half.
For young citrus trees, prune them just before bloom in early spring.
5. Taking Care of Yellow Leaves
If your citrus trees have yellowing leaves, that's a sign of iron deficiency, lack of feeding, or cold temperatures.
To combat the problem, feed your tree with sulfur, iron chelates, and citrus food.
You can also combat tiny bugs that are eating the citrus leaves with a specially-formulated spray.
Are You Ready to Grow Citrus Trees?
Now that you have these tips in mind, you're ready to start growing citrus trees that produce an abundance of healthy fruit!
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