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FRUIT AND CITRUS

Indulge in growing your own source of Vitamin C
There is nothing quite like the taste and satisfaction of eating the fruits of your labour and whats more these juicy winter fruit can help beat winder colds. These fruit trees are extremely versatile, can be grown easily in pots and have beautiful scented flowers.


GETTING STARTED
There is an enormous selection of citrus available today . We have both large growing trees and dwarf Citrus available year round. Decors recommendations include.

Lemon

Lemon Meyer - gives huge yields of juicy fruit with thin skins. Ripe April – August
Yen Ben – tart and thin skinned. Ripe July- sept

Lime.

Tahitian and Bears Lime. Good yields and juicy.Ripe April-July
Kaffir - leaves are great for cooking

Mandarin

Satsuma type varieties: Miho, Silverhill and Okitsu Wase to name a few.
All Satsuma varieties are sweet, juicy and seedless with easy peel.
Encore- sweet juicy and relatively pip free. Ripe October- May.
Corsica and clementine are the sweetest. Ripe June- september
We have also got a huge range of oranges, tangelos and lemonades perfect for your home garden.
When buying multiple citrus choosing varieties which will all fruit at different times with give you fruit for a longer period.

Location

Plant your citrus in a warm sunny position protected from cold winds. Citrus need well draining soil. Dig in plenty of compost. Alternatively, citrus grow well in pots. This means that the plant can be moved around the garden to make the most of the sun during different seasons.

Planting

In the garden: Plant the citrus tree in the ground as deep as it is in the pot/bag. Put a couple of handfuls of sheep pellets in the hole at the same time. Back fill the hole with soil and water in well.

Mulch with compost or bark around the base to protect the feeder roots and retain moisture but make sure not to cover the trunk with mulch.
In pots: Use a good quality mix like Daltons Tub Mix. If it is a large pot place a few handfuls of stones of broken plates or bark at the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage. The pot must have drainage holes.

Care

When plants are young protect from frosts. This especially applies to limes. Cover with frost cloth.Remove all fruit produced in the first year to promote growth of the tree so it can support the fruit in years to come.

Pruning

Citrus do not require much pruning. All that is needed is shaping of the height and width after fruit harvesting. Remove suckers.

Feeding

All citrus are gross feeders and require fertiliser application in Autumn and Spring. Apply Tui Citrus Food around the drip line (not to close to the trunk) and water in well.
For citrus growing in pots feed with Osmocote a controlled slow release fertiliser or Ican fast Food which is a liquid feed and is great for all your pots.
Note: do not fertilise citrus at time of planting. The first fertiliser application can be made about 6 weeks after planting.

Plant Protection

Citrus are pretty easy to care for but there are a couple of problems that may appear and are easily remedied.
Scale; this is a sucking insect which is easily identified by the black soot which they attract. To prevent this spray with Grosafe Enspray Oil throughout the year. The oil will also deal to aphids and mealy bugs
Verucossis is a fungal disease. It can be identified by brown blisters or scabs on the leaves and fruit. Use Grosafe Free flo Copper throughout the year to prevent this. Both Champ DP and Conqueror Oil can be used together.

Harvesting

Harvest these juicy fruit when ripe. For excess fruit make marmalade's and jams.

To
see a list of fruit trees for sale at Decor Gardenworld, please click here

Please see our Citrus how 'How to Guide' here


Please see our Fruit Trees and Pest control guide here