Citrus trees are native to the Mediterranean and parts of tropical Asia.
The citrus tree needs plenty of sunshine. Place the tree near a south facing window or in the garden over the spring and summer months. The more sunlight, the better but at least 5 hours of sun is ideal. Lighting-wise the citrus tree pairs perfectly with Roger and The olive tree.
In the summer the citrus tree will need frequent watering. This will depend on how much sunshine the tree is getting. If it's in a sunny spot then watering 2-3 times a week will be needed. Water less frequently in the winter months or if it is in a shady part of the home.
The citrus tree doesn’t need a humid room to thrive. Although a humid and warm room may encourage more fruit. For a humidity boost place the citrus tree next to a plant that releases humidity like Bonnie, Hamish and Lily.
The citrus tree can tolerate a range of temperatures from 4ºC-30ºC and will adapt to its surroundings. It’s best to keep the citrus tree in the coolest part of the home over the winter. They prefer to rest in the cold and this will make for a better growing season.
Use a citrus fertiliser once a month in the growing season from the months of March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
The citrus tree can be re-potted with a citrus potting mix once a year in the springtime. This will help to encourage bigger growth and more blooms. Do not re-pot in the winter months when the plant is in dormancy.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CITRUS TREE
Yellow spots/yellow leaves falling - This is a sign that the citrus tree has been overwatered. Check the first few inches of soil to make sure it is dry before you water again.
Leaves dropping - The citrus tree may drop its leaves for a number of seasons.
- In the winter months it prefers a cooler room to rest before another growing season. Any room that is too hot in winter will cause the tree to drop its leaves.
- Periods of drought. If the soil becomes too dry the tree will drop its leaves to signal it is ready for a drink.
Browning leaves - This could be from too much direct sunlight. If the citrus tree is outside, place it in a spot where there is morning or evening sunlight. Midday sun will be too harsh for its leaves - especially over the summer months.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Prune the dead branches of the citrus tree regularly to encourage new growth throughout the spring and summer months.
Top tip 2: Every year, thoroughly soak the soil with a hose or kitchen tap to wash out any bacteria, extra fertiliser or any soil lacking in nutrients.
Top tip 3: If possible use rainwater to water the citrus tree. Harsh chemicals found in tap water could upset its delicate root system.