Getting Started with Zesty Citrus

08 May, 2023

Citrus are a popular choice for many gardeners as they not only look good in your garden, but they also bring a burst of flavour to your kitchen. From juicy oranges to tart lemons, the sweet and tangy taste of homegrown fruit will have you hooked.

Planting Tips

When planting your citrus, choose a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day and is protected from chilly winds. If you're planting in the ground, citrus prefer well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Mix Kings Compost and Kings Sheep Pellets into the soil to give it an extra boost. If you're planting in a container, use Kings Container Mix, which includes water storage crystals to keep the soil moist.

Watering your citrus trees is crucial, especially in the first year. Give them a slow and steady soak to allow the water to reach the roots. Feed with Kings Citrus & Fruit Tree Food in spring and repeat monthly through autumn. A monthly dose of Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster from spring through autumn will encourage root growth and increase microbial activity in the soil. And don't forget to mulch with Living Earth More than Mulch to keep weeds at bay and retain moisture in the soil.

Growing citrus does take a little patience as it might be a few years before your tree bears fruit. Opt for a larger grade plant if you want to pick your own fruit a little sooner.

Our Top Varieties

The great thing about citrus is you can never have too many. There are so many varieties that all have their own strengths, flavours, and secret culinary purposes. Here's a few of our favourites that are popping up in stores this season.

Lemon Meyer

Perfect for home gardens. Once established, meyer lemons will produce an abundance deliciously sweet lemons nearly all year round.

Lime Bearss

A vigorous tree which produces rich, seedless, acidic fruit right in your backyard. Perfect for those afternoon cocktail parties.

Orange Navelina

An amazing variety which produces heavy crops of oval-shaped, sweet seedless fruit with a bright-orange rind. A must-have for any citrus orchard.

Mandarin Miho

An early-ripening satsuma-type mandarin. Awesome for lunchboxes with its easy-peel skin and juicy fruit. Mihos will never disappoint!

Kumquat Meiwa

A highly sought-after plant that is hard to come by, known for its rounded, sweet and spicy fruit that are amazing for preserves and marmalades. A great option for growing in containers.

Expert Tip!

In the first year of your plant fruiting, we recommend removing all the fruit to help your young tree establish a strong root and branch structure. Citrus trees can be heavy croppers and removing about 1/3 of the crop will result in improved fruit quality and prevent biennial bearing (setting fruit every two years).

With proper planting, watering, and feeding, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour for years to come.

If you need extra help along the way, ask one of our plant experts instore.

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