USDA Prohibits Shipping Citrus to AZ, CA, LA, TX, AK, HI. If you reside in any of the states listed, your order will be cancelled. Highlights: Early Ripening Sweet Easy to Peel - - - - - CITRUS: 1 Gallon (4 inch CitraPot) 1.5 - 2 Foot Height, 1 Foot Spread, .25 - .50 inch Caliper. Current age: 1.5 years Typically 3 years to fruit for most citrus. Lemons & limes ~2 years. - - - - - CITRUS: 3 Gallon 2 Foot Height, 2 Foot Spread, .50 - .75 inch Caliper. Current age: 2-3 years Typically 1-2 years to fruit for most citrus. Lemons & limes ~1 year. - - - - - CITRUS: 5 Gallon 2 - 3 Foot Height, 2 Foot Spread, .75 - 1 inch Caliper. Current age: 3-4 years Typically bearing fruit when shipped or within ~1 year. - - - - - HOW TO GROW CITRUS OUTDOORS Dig a hole at least 2 to 3 inches wider than the root ball and about 4 inches deeper. Fill the hole half full of water. Remove the tree from the pot and gently fluff out the roots. This will help stimulate the roots and promote growth. Swish the tree in the water to allow the loose dirt on the bottom of the root ball to fall into the hole. Fill in with soil, and as you do this pull up on the tree so that the tap root is straight up and down. Make sure that all air pockets are filled in. A good way to insure this is to pack the dirt down on the mound. Water it in well. CARE FOR YOUR TREE: Water the tree at least 3 times a week for the first two weeks, then gradually back off to twice a week. Water just enough to moisten the ground, you do not want to over saturate the ground. Do not over water the tree as this will promote root rot and damage the roots. FERTILIZE: You will want to use a fertilizer made for Citrus. Follow directions on the package. A good choice for young trees is 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 fertilizer. Always place the fertilizer along the drip line. INSECTICIDES: There are insecticidal soaps that deter insects, it helps to keep the tree free of sooty mold that will darken your leaves. They are typically easy to find and easy to use. We also recommend fish emulsion to be sprayed on the leaves, the oil from this product will not allow eggs from the insects to attach to the leaf. It is also great foliar feed. You can use it with molasses every 6 weeks to help prevent insects and feed your tree. Saf-T-Side is a safety oil that you can also use. It is effective and is less likely to cause burn than other oils. Sevin is a great insecticide that is easily found and is effective against a large number of pests. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - HOW TO GROW PATIO CITRUS IN CONTAINERS If you have always wanted to grow citrus trees but thought you couldn’t, citrus trees are the answer you have been looking for! Not only are citrus trees perfect for small yards, or for fitting multiple varieties in larger yards of tropical climates, they are ideally suited for indoor culture in temperate climates north of the warm parts of Florida, California or Texas. The growth characteristics of dwarf trees allow you to bring these tropical plants into the tropical microclimate you have created to keep yourself comfortable: your own home! POTTING PATIO CITRUS IN CONTAINERS: A 15 gallon capacity clay pot (17-18” diameter) is a good choice in containers because it will add needed weight closer to the plant’s center of gravity, reducing the risk of upsetting a tree heavily laden with fruit. Because of the weight of the container, soil, and plant, you will probably find it to your advantage to invest in a set of caster wheels to move your tree around, and in and out of your house or greenhouse. MEDIA: A simple potting media can be mixed from equal components of Canadian Peat and Pearlite. When enough media is combined to fill the container, mix in 3/4 lb. (1/2 cup) of ne Dolomite so the pH of the soil is around 5.5. Moisten the soil until it will just barely stay in a ball when squeezed in your fist and so no water can be squeezed out. PLANTING: Scrape some of the original soil away from the top of the plant’s root ball until some of the root show. Plant the tree in the center of the pot to a height at which the top of the root ball is even with the new soil level. Citrus are very susceptible to developing root rot if there is too much soil banked around the trunk of the tree. To prevent this long-term problem, allow a little of the root ball to show. LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Citrus love as much light a you can give them. This means that they should be placed near a window that receives as much light as possible, hopefully a south-facing one. The more light the trees are given, the better they will grow, and the more fruit they will produce. Supplemental grow lights are a good investment because they will help keep the tree healthy and will increase fruit production. If practical, move the plant outdoors in the warm months to soak up as much sunlight and humidity as possible and back inside when frost threatens. If the tree is moved outside, it should be acclimated to the higher light levels by moving it into a shady area for a couple of weeks, and then into full sun. This will prevent sunburn of the trunk, limbs, and leaves. When the plant is to be moved back inside, the process should be reversed by first giving the tree partial shade for a couple of weeks, and then moving it indoors. This will prevent the tree from dropping its leaves. TEMPERATURE: Citrus actively grow in temperatures between 50 and 100 degrees, with 75-90 degrees being optimum. The more they are given, the earlier and better they will fruit and grow. It will not hurt the plant to keep it cold and allow it to go dormant for the winter, but great care should be taken not to let the plant freeze. WATER: Citrus trees love humidity, but hate continuously wet roots, so be careful not to water your tree too much. This can be accomplished by allowing the root ball to dry well, but not to the point of wilt, then soak heavily. Spritzing the foliage with a spray bottle daily, or placing a humidifier near the tree can help produce sweeter fruit and a more healthy plant. A pan filled with gravel and water, placed under the container, can also provide an economical, low maintenance sources of humidity. Care should also be taken not to place the tree in the path of a heater vent that can dry and defoliate your plant. FERTILIZER: Fertilizing your citrus tree is simple and inexpensive. Purchase a readily available, water soluble fertilizer with a straight 20-20-20 analysis that also has minor elements. Place 2 tablespoons (22 grams) of the fertilizer in a gallon of water and apply the solution to your tree’s root ball, then water it in as you normally would. Doing this once per month should give your tree most of the elements it needs to be taken up through its roots. To help your tree take up more of the minor elements, you can purchase a water soluble minor element package that is intended to be applied to the foliage. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for this product and apply with the regular foliage spritzing you may already be doing. You should again be reminded that these recommendations are based on using a 15 gallon container and rates can be adjusted to any size container you are using.
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