Caring For Your Citrus Tree
Many people have trouble growing Citrus Tree, and honestly, they aren't particularly delicate, but they do need some constant attention to succeed. Just remember citrus tree probably won't bear a large crop of fruit for the first three years after you plant them. No matter how old the tree is, this is normal after transplant. You may not be doing anything wrong. Just look over the quick tips, and you should be well on your way to growing delicious lemons, limes, and oranges on your own patio.
- Apply fertilizer three times a year: once in the early spring after the danger of frost has passed; next at the beginning of summer when fruiting start; and finally, towards the end of summer - to help fruit ripen properly.
- Prune just after the danger of frost has passed - never prune in the summer - it will exposed your plant to damage by heat and wind.
- Citrus Tree will shed fruit it cannot support - it will also shed tiny, undeveloped fruit if it was not pollinated thoroughly. This is usually nothing to worry about, if you are providing as you should. You may have to pollinate your flowers manually with a cotton swab if the bugs are doing their job.
- Never use insecticides - this will kill your pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. You will have no fruit.
- Water deeply once every week in the hot dry summer months - mulch to hold in moisture.
- Your fruit should be ready to harvest and eat around the beginning of September.
- After harvest ease off on the watering to prepare your tree for winter dormancy.Protect your tree from frost - Never cover with plastic this will trap moister and lead to rotting or possible freezing. Cover the trunks with cloth, and use warming lamps if possible.