Citrus are another group of plants that are extremely versatile and are as varied in their growth habit as the flavour of the fruit. With clever variety selection, it’s possible to have homegrown fresh citrus to harvest for at least 6 months of the year. Throughout this month citrus are developing size and flavour, with the early Mandarins becoming ripe in mid-late autumn.
Citrus Care for March;
- If there is an extremely heavy crop set, thin fruit out by removing at least ½. This will ensure the plant has enough in reserve to develop the fruit to a decent size. Small fruit is often a result of too many on the tree at once. Thinning fruit out also ensures the plant has enough energy in reserve for developing next year’s crop.
- Trees tend to show nutrients deficiencies in their leaves this month. Pick a leaf off the plant and hold up to the sun. If there are green veins or yellow blotching, it’s a symptom of a typical trace element deficiency. Applications of Seasol and PowerFeed PRO SERIES Plant Food, Flowers, Fruit & Citrus fortnightly will be absorbed by the plant quickly and result in healthy green leaves and tasty fruit.