Summer Citrus Care
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The benefits of citrus plants are truly endless. They spread over all warm, sunny areas, maintain a lush, attractive appearance all year long, and, to top it all off, provide producers with tangy, juicy fruit that may be consumed, drank, or stored. The maintenance that your citrus plants require changes as the weather and day length vary. Because this might catch individuals off guard, we’ve compiled suggestions to remember this season.
Give your citrus tree the attention it needs this summer to show it that you appreciate it. Before giving the tree a thorough soaking with water, start by weeding below it. Check the soil’s moisture level if it has been raining before watering. Before applying an organic mulch, the circumstances are ideal for a healthy feed when the soil is weed-free and wet. Two feeds a year, one currently in late summer and the other in late winter, are beneficial for citrus plants planted in the ground. Any fertiliser is advantageous, but include a complete citrus food in at least one application to provide your tree the proper mix of nutrients.
It’s crucial that you continue watering throughout the summer. When there is a breeze or it is warm outside, your tree may dry up very rapidly. As usual, water deeply from the pot’s top and allow any extra water to drain away. Avoid letting your citrus tree sit in water for an extended period of time, and ideally wait to water again until the soil is completely dry. Citrus trees require consistent soil moisture levels, so give them a thorough drink at least once a week. Citrus fruit splitting and dropping can be caused by uneven irrigation and water stress. Citrus in pots will require more regular watering than citrus in the ground.
Early treatment for pests
Citrus insect activity is at its highest during the summer, so keep a tight check on your trees and be ready to respond quickly. Check for scale on stems, beneath or on leaves, or on the fruit’s skin. Additionally, look for stink bugs on little fruit or grouped on the stem. Outdoors, birds and other insects, as well as lower nighttime temperatures, will keep most pests at bay, which is another incentive to keep plants outside throughout the summer.
Nonetheless, inspect your plants on a frequent basis; aphids, caterpillars, and even slugs can be a problem in the summer and should be handled as soon as possible. If the infestation isn’t too severe, a soapy washing up liquid solution might suffice. Spray the leaves a few times a week in the morning or evening until the problem is resolved. Always check for pests before bringing plants indoors in the fall. Round brown circles, white sticky fluff, webbing, holes in the leaves, and stickiness are all indications of insect infestation and should be addressed as soon as possible.