If you want to grow fruit in your own backyard that is fun, rewarding and just delicious, then you can't go past citrus trees.

Citrus trees are perfectly suited for home growing rewarding you for many years to come, and now is a great time to plant them. One of the real tricks for citrus is to plant them in the right position, in the right soil.

POSITION
Citrus need a full sun position and need plenty of room to grow in all directions. Ideally, they need about a 2m gap all around. If they are planted in a position where they will be shaded by other trees, or overcrowded, then they will not crop as well, so it is important to choose the right position from the start. These beautiful trees will last for many years to come and when planted in the right position, will reward you very well.

SOIL PREPARATION
For citrus trees to grow well and produce delicious crops, they need a rich well drained soil. To give them an excellent start, dig a hole at least two to three times the size of the pot they are in and dig in Searles® Rose and Citrus Compost. Plant your citrus tree straight into the hole. As citrus like well drained soils, it can help to mound up the soil where planting.

MULCHING
After planting, mulch them all around with Searles® Mulch Plus. Be sure to leave a space around the trunk where there is no mulch, approximately 10cm all around. Mulching is wonderful for citrus. Not only does it save water, but it adds nutrition, keeps the root system cool and promotes better growth which means more fruit.

WATERING
Now another trick for citrus is to make sure you water them deeply and regularly. Give them a good deep watering about once a week.
So for delicious citrus:

• Plant in full sun using Searles® Rose and Citrus Compost
• Mulch with Searles® Mulch Plus
• And water deeply and regularly
Planting citrus now is a perfect time, and you'll be well rewarded for years to come with sweet juicy fruit.


Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.

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