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It takes a brave person to eat a fresh lemon, unless it’s a variety called ‘Lemonade’.
‘Lemonade’ is much sweeter and doesn’t have the intense sourness of most other lemons. ‘Lemonade’ lemon trees are great for backyards as they don’t get much taller than 2.5 m, and produce lots of fruit which can be peeled, segmented and devoured, or juiced.
‘Lemonade’ is also available as a compact dwarf plant, which grows happily in a pot. ‘Lemonade’ trees do best in a sunny spot, with well-drained soil (or potting mix) and will grow in all but the coldest areas of the country.
How to grow:
When planting a new ‘Lemonade’ tree, mix some Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed into the planting hole (or potting mix) to help improve and enrich the soil.
When planting citrus into containers, choose a well-drained pot that’s at least 40 cm in diameter and use a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.
Like all citrus, ‘Lemonade’ lemon trees are ‘heavy feeders’ and require lots of nutrients to stay healthy and productive. Diluting 1 – 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food in a 9 L watering can and applying over the foliage and root zone each week will help to encourage healthy green leaves and a great harvest.
Keep the new tree well-watered, particularly during its first summer. Citrus trees have a shallow root system which can dry out quickly.
It’s also beneficial to apply a few centimetres of mulch over the soil (or potting mix) surface, which will help the root zone stay moist. Keep the mulch a few centimetres away from the trunk to allow good air flow and reduce the chance of collar rot disease.
If new foliage on citrus trees remains yellow and leaves are small or mottled, it may indicate a potential zinc or manganese trace element deficiency. To restore the foliage to a healthy lush green, apply Yates Citrus Cure Zinc Manganese Chelate. This is an easy to use liquid trace element mix, and is applied as a foliar application, helping to deliver fast results.
Citrus trees are continually busy throughout the year and during late Spring are setting their delicious fruit for the next harvest.
Here are 5 citrus care tips that will help you through November and also throughout the year:
Citrus trees have a shallow root system and water stress can lead to trees dropping their small fruit, so they’ll need a good deep soaking at least once a week (more often for potted citrus) if there isn’t adequate rainfall to supply their water needs.
Lucerne hay or pea straw spread 50 mm deep over the root zone can help retain soil moisture and protect the citrus’ vulnerable roots.
Continue to protect new citrus foliage from aphid damage by spraying each week with Yates Nature’s Way Citrus, Vegie Ornamental Spray Ready to Use. Based on natural pyrethrin (from the pyrethrum daisy) and vegetable oil (boosted with the goodness of seaweed), this spray is BioGro certified for use in organic gardening. Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus, Vegie & Ornamental Spray will also control sap sucking scale insects on citrus. Tell-tale signs of scale include ants running up and down the trunk and stems and also sooty mould, a black ash like film which develops over stems and leaves. Spray over stems and foliage (including the undersides) as soon as scale and aphids are noticed and reapply each week if required.
Regular feeding of hungry citrus will really help to promote a fantastic harvest so it’s important to make fertilising citrus trees a priority. It’s as simple as diluting 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food into a 9 L watering can and applying over the root zone each week.
For large and extra-juicy fruit, feed your citrus with Yates Fruit and Flower Booster Liquid Potash. before flowering, and after fruit set. Plants need potassium to encourage prolific flower development and improve fruit quality. Potash also strengthens plant cell walls, which helps protect plants from disease and environmental stress. Yates Flower and Fruit Booster Liquid Potash is an easy to use liquid. It delivers potassium in a format that is easy for plants to absorb and can be applied to both the soil as well as the foliage, delivering fast results.