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Citrus fact sheet

from


David’s Exotic Plants

Watering

Citrus
should be watered thoroughly but then allowed to dry out almost completely
before re-watering. 
Note – they don’t like to be over-watered
, and in the rest
period (winter) they should only be watered when the soil is almost dust
dry.   When growing
begins in the Spring they should be given Summer citrus feed once a week,
to encourage new growth.  They
should also be fed (but not so frequently) in the Winter with Winter
citrus feed.  

Over-wintering
in the UK

Citrus
trees hate temperature change, and if there is a sudden change in their
temperature they will panic and drop their leaves. If this does happen,
don’t add to the plant’s distress by changing the surroundings too
drastically again.  Simply
ensure it has enough light, ventilation and food, and do not over-water.

Citrus
should be kept on a south-facing window indoors or in a conservatory or
greenhouse not below 5°C.  The
majority of citrus will be damaged or killed by frost.

limes


Summer months

Citrus
require as much sunlight and ventilation as possible.  If you keep your citrus trees in a greenhouse, water the
floor on hot days to increase the humidity.  

 


Pests

Like
other plants, citrus may be attacked by pests. 
Red spider mite, scale insect, white fly and greenfly are the main
culprits and the best solution is to wash your tree with soapy water every
few days to cut down the insect numbers, or simply give it a good hose
down.


Potting

Citrus
trees require a loam-based compost with either grit or bark chippings to
aid drainage.  The optimum pH
is 6.5.  Citrus should be
re-potted once a year if/when the plant becomes pot-bound.

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