Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Grow your own healthy, organic, zesty citrus fruit.

Wouldn’t it be great to pick your very own lemons for your g&t and make delicious, refreshing lemonade, or lovely, freshly-squeezed breakfast orange juice from your own trees? Well, you can!
Rich in vitamin C the lush, evergreen citrus plants with their scented flowers are a must-have for any garden. If your climate has mild winter frost lemons, navel oranges, naarjie, kumquats and calamondins will thrive, in full sun. Growing citrus by a west or north facing wall will create a warm micro-climate.

Planting in a container will limit their size and dwarf varieties that grow to 2m tall are available.

In the ground, citrus trees need a free-draining soil with plenty of good, homegrown compost dug in. The soil needs to be kept moist, not wet, while flowering and setting fruit. A good mulch around the base will conserve moisture. 

Container grown plants will benefit from a tablespoon of bonemeal mixed with the compost when planting. Again, keep the container-grown plant moist.

In July, December and March feed with a balanced fertiliser containing nitrogen and potassium. Prune citrus after fruiting, removing smaller branches. Lemons grow well in containers and can bear fruit throughout the year. ‘Eureka’ is a popular variety and ‘Meyer’ is a more compact, sweeter-tasting variety.

Calamondins are a cross between naartjie and kumquat. They thrive in warm conditions and are happy in containers. The fruit ripens throughout the year..
Kumquats love hot summers and bear small, orange-like fruit. They flower and fruit over a long time period.

Naartjies are small fruit, such as clementines and satsumas.

Oranges. The navel orange is larger and sweeter than Valencia varieties. ‘Newhall’ and ‘Palmer’ ripen in May and June, ‘Bahianha’ ripens from April to June.

Colourful, scented, healthy, bountiful citrus in your own garden! What’s not to like!

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