Citrus

Citrus trees are best grown in warm to hot areas with a mild winter. Lemons, cumquats, grapefruit, oranges, limes and manderins will all grow and produce well in areas with a long, warm summer. Mature citrus trees will tolerate some frost when they're dormant in the winter but even light frost in late winter or spring will kill young growth. Lemons and limes suffer more from frost than other citrus. Consult your local nursery staff for varieties suitable for your own area.

Choose a sunny planting position with protection from strong winds. Citrus trees exposed to wind will grow more slowly than sheltered trees. If you're planting a citrus orchard or more than one tree, spacing should be approximately five metres square. Citrus prefer a slightly acid soil and are not lime tolerant. Good drainage is essential and they prefer a sandy, sandy-loam soil.

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