Citrus trees are one of the most rewarding plants to grow. They have so much going for them when conditions are right, bright glossy foliage, a bushy form, perfumed flowers, and an abundance of tasty fruit.
With citrus trees brimming with fruit throughout April, being so close to harvest it is important to ensure plants receive regular water and fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES for Fruit & Citrus. Heavy rain events at this time of the year or a heavy hand with fertiliser can cause fruit to split. Extra moisture and sugars make their way to the fruit and fruit can’t swell quick enough to accommodate the increased load resulting in split fruit.
To avoid split fruit ensure trees have regular moisture throughout the growing season, improve soil with compost such as Seasol Super Compost as most feeder roots are in the top 10cm of soil and apply an organise based slow-release fertiliser such as PowerFeed with Troforte for Flowers, Fruit & Citrus regularly.
Citrus Tip – chilly weather intensifies the colour of the skin of citrus. If you harvest fruit early in the season, by colour alone the result may be some of the sourest you’ve tasted. The longer you leave the fruit on the tree the sweeter they are.