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.
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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