Growing Citrus Trees

Create your own little piece of the Mediterranean!  What could be more exciting than harvesting and using your own lemons, limes and oranges?  They are very attractive evergreen trees, often having flowers and fruit on the tree at the same time.  The flowers have a wonderful citrus scent, and the plants can flower for many months.  Citrus trees make excellent container plants, and can be grown either in the greenhouse or conservatory, or outside in a sunny position.  Whilst they do require a cool spell in order to ripen fully, they are not frost-hardy and will need to be moved under cover for the winter.

How to Grow Citrus Fruit – QUICKSTART GUIDE
  • Plant citrus trees in containers, in a loam-based compost
  • Feed regularly with a specialist citrus feed
  • Keep well watered during spring and summer
  • Provide a humid atmosphere in winter
  • Thin the fruit
  • Pinch out the tips of new growth in summer to encourage a bushy habit
  • Prune in late winter
  • Repot young plants every year, or top-dress with fresh compost
  • Repot established plants every 2-3 years


Citrus Varieties

All citrus trees are self-fertile, so you only need to buy one plant in order to get fruit.

Lemon Trees

Eureka – large thick skinned fruit, excellent cold tolerance
Four Seasons – excellent flavour, flowers April to September, heavy cropping
Villa Franca – good sized juicy fruit with excellent flavour

Lime Trees

Tahiti – bright green juicy limes, hardier than other limes, heavy cropping
Bears – dark green limes, good yields

Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine Trees

Orange Navelina –  full sized delicious juicy oranges, fragrant foliage, hardy to -5°C
Tangerine Tuscan – medium sized, thin skinned juicy fruit

Other Citrus Trees

Kumquat – fruit are eaten whole, heavy cropping
Grapefruit – large yellow skinned fruit

Growing Citrus Trees

1. Growing Citrus Trees – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Citrus Tree Care – Help on looking after citrus trees
3. Picking Citrus Fruit – When to pick citrus fruit such as lemons, oranges and limes
4. Citrus Tree Tips – Some tips to help you get the most out of your citrus trees
5. Citrus Tree Diseases, Pests and Problems – Some help if things go wrong with your citrus trees
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