Feeding & fertiising
Citrus are big feeders and require a feed during their growing season - September to March
Citrus in the ground are best fed with a specialist citrus fertiliser every six weeks from September to March
Citrus require higher levels of potassium and magnesium, and citrus food is specially blended with all the nutrients needed for citrus planted in gardens.
Magnesium deficiencies can be common in citrus, shown by yellowing leaves
Watering in Summer
Citrus require more watering over the summer months - and well watered, well nourished citrus will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.
Mulch and water well, particularly over the warmer months.
The best time to prune your citrus is after fruiting in Spring
Prune if you need to for either a desired shape, to remove any diseased stems, or to improve air circulation. Remember leaves are the life of the tree, so don’t cut unnecessarily, particularly before the tree has matured.
If you are pruning, avoid September/October if possible as there is risk of lemon tree borer laying eggs in fresh cuts