wondered why some peoples fruit trees look fantastic
and consistently produce high quality fruit? Well,
the answer is a good maintenance regime throughout the year,
even in the summer when the trees are not productive. Here
are a couple of useful tips to help you produce bumper citrus
crops from your trees.
Summer is an important season for citrus trees as it is
the main time to fertilise and since they are heavy feeders
it is essential to supply their needs now in order to get
good fruit later.
You will need to apply granular fertiliser at about the
rate of 150g for every year of the trees age. For
example if your lemon tree is five years old, you will need
to apply 750g of fertiliser, although if your tree is growing
in a lawn it will need a little more food and water.
is essential to use a blend that contains all the important
ingredients that citrus need for health and vigour. The
fertiliser we recommend is Searles® Fruit, Citrus and Berry
Plant Food, a well-balanced product that counters deficiencies
and contains all the nutrients and trace elements which
are vital for strong growth.
When applying fertiliser, it is important to remember that
the plants feeding roots are located directly below
the outermost circle of leaves, known as the drip line.
Always apply the fertiliser to the soil, sprinkling it evenly
over the surface and gently ruffling it in without damaging
the trees roots. If digging is impossible, for instance
where citrus trees are growing in lawns, just sprinkle the
fertiliser on the surface of the lawn. In either case, it
is extremely important to water the fertiliser in well,
to avoid burning the roots and leaves.
you have given the root zone a thorough soaking, trap the
moisture into the soil by applying a thick layer of mulch,
such as Searles® Premium Garden Mulch (except for trees growing in
lawns). Citrus trees require a lot of water and if allowed
to dry out during our long, hot summers, may respond by
dropping flowers and fruit. When the roots are kept moist
but not wet your tree will respond by producing lots of
sweet, juicy fruit.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle
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