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How to Grow Citrus


Position – Full sun

Soil – Moist, well-drained

Flowering Period – Spring and summer with fruit in summer and autumn

Hardiness –  Tender

About Citrus

Citrus are usually evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery and often fragrant foliage with small and scented, star-shaped blooms. These delicate specimens will then produce voluptuous juicy fruits which can be used for a variety of purposes. As Citrus are tender, they are best suited as patio and container plants where they can be easily transported when cold weather and frost become imminent. You can expect your Citrus shrubs and trees to grow to an approximate height of 3m (9.8’) and a spread of 2m (6.5’).

How to plant Citrus

Citrus are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance, although it is highly recommended that Citrus are planted in pots and containers using a good potting medium. Citrus should only be taken outdoors during the summer where they can be kept in a sheltered yet sunny aspect. Temperatures below 7°C may cause damage and so ensure you have fleece or insulation to protect your shrubs and trees. When kept indoors, make sure they are in an environment that is light, airy and cool.

How to care for Citrus

Citrus will require regular feeding and will require a high nitrogen feed from March to October as this will enhance overall growth and development. During the summer, Citrus should be watered on a regular basis ensuring the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. During the winter, Citrus can be kept on the dry side. During late winter, you may wish to neaten the overall appearance of your shrub and tree by thinning out congested clumps.

How to propagate Citrus

It is possible to propagate Citrus by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings.

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