Induldge 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 extrememly versatile, can be grown easily in pots and have beautiful scented flowers.
There is an enormous selection of citrus available today so here are Big Jims recommendations.
We have also got a huge range of oranges, tangelos, ugli fruit 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.
Autumn is the best time to plant citrus as it gives the plant time to develop new root systems before the winter, so come spring time the tree is ready for the growing season.
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 sesons.
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.
Citrus do not require much pruning. All that is needed is shaping of the height and width after fruit harvesting. Remove suckers.
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 Miracle-Gro 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.
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 Conqueror Oil in spring and autumn. 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 Champ DP twice a year in autumn and spring to prevent this. Both Champ DP and Conqueror Oil can be used together.
Harvest these juicy fruit when ripe. For excess fruit make marmalades and jams.