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Citrus Tree Care Guide

Updated on February 16, 2015
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This lens is all about caring for citrus trees . From advice on when to water, to top tips on dealing with pests. If you have any questions about how to care for your citrus tree or if you require information before buying a citrus tree, then you have come to the right place.

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General Citrus Tree Care

Citrus Tree Positioning

Citrus trees need as much light as possible. They can be kept either inside, or in a sheltered porch area protected from the more harsh weather. They can also be put outside in the UK during the summer months; although you need to be really careful of late spring frosts if you're going to do this. Citrus trees do not like to be kept in overheated rooms without ventilation; so if they are to be kept inside the house, make sure that they can get a lot of ventilation. And be careful not to place them really close to a radiator either.

Citrus Tree Watering and Feeding

Citrus trees do not like standing in water. If you water them too often, the roots will start to rot and of course this isn't good news. It is best practice to let the soil dry out completely before watering, and when you do give it a full drenching. Depending on the time of year and conditions the soil will dry out at various rates, so it's a good idea to keep your eye on the situation and water accordingly. When it comes to feeding, a citrus fertiliser is really effective and we sell a lot of these for use with our citrus trees. Something else to bear in mind in the winter, is to avoid watering the tree with water that is too cold. A good tip is to leave a watering can full of water in the same room as your citrus tree, so it will be at the right temperature.

Citrus Tree Pest Control

The best way to get around those pesky pests is to spray your citrus tree with soapy water. All you need to do is get a squeezy top bottle, fill it with water and a few drops of washing up liquid, then give it a good shake and you can spray it over the leaves of your citrus tree. That should sort it out!

Citrus Trees, General upkeep

If you're a stickler for perfection and you need to clean your citrus tree, make sure you cup the leaves gently, holding your hand underneath and using a damp cloth wipe gently in one direction to the tip of the leaf. Try adding a little washing up liquid to the mix, this can also help.

Citrus Fruit Harvesting

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is "when's the best time to pick the lemons from my lemon tree?" Well the answer isn't really so clear cut. It all depends on the way the fruit looks; colour is a great indicator of how ready the fruit is to eat. The same is true of orange trees and lime trees. We'd suggest that you just keep a close eye on the fruit and when it looks ripe, it probably is ripe. Citrus trees are quite prolific and can fruit up to four times a year as well (even at Christmas time). A good tip is, if your tree is young, to pick fruit as soon as it's ripe. This promotes growth and can give you bigger harvests in seasons to come.

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Citrus Tree Care Do's & Don'ts

Citrus Tree Do's

  • Citrus trees like light. Place yours in a relatively sunny spot.
  • Keep your tree in shelter (indoors or conservatory) in cold weather.
  • Place your citrus tree in a well ventilated room.
  • Water your tree after the roots have dried out.
  • Feed your tree with a special citrus fertilizer.
  • Watch out for pests. Clean your tree with soapy water if you have a problem
  • Harvest the fruit on young citrus trees to promote growth.

Citrus Tree Don'ts

  • Place your citrus tree near a radiator. They don't like being in overly hot areas.
  • Overwater your tree. If a citrus tree is over watered, and its roots are left to stand in water then they will rot. Instead wait for it to dry out first.
  • Be too rough when cleaning the leaves of your tree.


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      Tree2mydoor 6 years ago

      @Craftybegonia: Hi, thanks for the comment. Shame you don't have them anymore, hope you get some more in the future :)

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I used to have orange trees, but we moved!