Preparation and Care For Citrus Season
Drinking a fresh juice full of vitamin C is a delicious and healthy way to wash down your meal. It’s also a great way to start your day with hot water mixed with lemon. Can you imagine a life without citrus fruits? Without Lemon pies and orange tarts? Life would certainly be very bland and boring without them.
With the right soil, environment, and citrus tree care, citrus plants are relatively easy to grow in your backyard. They are quite popular among many homeowners because they are ornamental but also productive at the same time. They have fragrant flowers, vibrant green leaves, and their fruits can add a wonderful aroma to any food, pastry, or beverage. These growing tips can help equip you with the knowledge of managing citrus plants.
Find the Right Position for Your Trees
Citrus trees need to bask in the sun for at least five hours a day for maximum fruiting. Planting them in a sunny and warm position is best, as their exposure to the sun encourages them to fruit more.
Watering Your Citrus Plant
Citrus plants love water. However, they do not like wet feet so the water must drain away quickly. Test the drainage of a potential planting spot by digging a hole in it and them filling it with water. If the water doesn’t drain in 30 minutes, drainage is not enough. To remedy this, you can mound the soil or find another spot for the plants.
Basic Growing Guide
Adequate airflow, sunshine, water, and quick-draining soil, as well as vitamin and mineral enriched soil, are the keys to successfully growing citrus plants. Planting on mounded soil can help prevent collar rot, fungal diseases, and drainage problems.
Additionally, citrus plants have very shallow feeder roots that need to be protected with mulching and feeding with organic pellets and citrus food throughout each season. On a side note, make sure that the mulch does not touch the trunk.
It’s not a secret that Phoenix has one of the worst types of soil in the world. To achieve new growth and ripe fruit, you need a special citrus tree care routine that includes fertilizing the trees three times a year. Trees for Needs knows and understands this very well. They use a special blend of fertilizer that uses probiotics that are specifically made for the rough dessert soil. This fertilizer mixture help enrich the soil with all the necessary vitamins and nutrients, as well as essential live microbes such as fungus, humic acid, and other beneficial bacteria.