Citrus Basics How To
California is a great place to grow citrus plants in home gardens because of its warm climate. In fact, every garden should have a citrus plant whether you grow it in a pot or a garden.
Growing citruses of all types is very easy and there are lots of citrus varieties – for eating, cooking, and juice.
Selecting Your Citrus
- Choose citrus varieties that you like, that you’ll use
- Consider growing citrus that are hard to find in grocery stores or that are expensive
- All types of citrus need same care and all are easy if simple requirements are met
- Choose a well-branched, well-balanced tree
- Full sun site
- Well-draining soil
- Amend soil with Planting Compost & Citrus & Avocado Food
- Plant about 1” inch above soil line, firm soil around (citruses won’t tolerate being planted too deeply)
- Create a “well” out of soil to hold 2- to 3-inches of water
Watering & Care
- Water deeply and thoroughly (not frequently and shallowly like you would a lawn). At first, about once a week. Once established, once every two weeks.
- Feed quarterly with E.B. Stone Citrus & Fruit Tree Food
- Only prune lightly to shape (citruses are sensitive to over-pruning)
- Fruit ripens very slowly
- Usually fruit ripens about same time as new flowers appear (great fragrance!)
- Fruit left on the tree will last longer than picked fruit
- Once your tree matures, you’ll have a lot of fruit, so be sure to share!