Prefers deep, well drained soil.
Sunny, sheltered and frost-free sites.
Most citrus trees are subtropical or tropical and will not tolerate temperatures below -2˚C. Varieties grown by Waimea Nurseries are generally hardier varieties. Growing citrus in containers and under cover can allow less hardy varieties to grow in more temperate areas.
Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.
Citrus are ‘gross feeders’, so require regular fertilising with specialist citrus fertilizer. Prune to shape and to allow sunlight and wind movement. Watch for rootstock growth, which needs to be removed carefully due to spikes.
PESTS & DISEASES
Citrus generally suffer from few disease problems. Verrucosis is the main disease to watch for. Aphids, scale, mites and mealy bug may need eradicating, especially in warmer areas.
Citrus are great in the garden as specimen trees, in containers and even as indoor plants.
Most citrus produce abundant fruit, which matures over several months. Fruit can be left on the tree, but watch for over ripening.
Citrus are generally self fertile.