New Citrus are a winner! - Mar 18, 2009

A new range of Citrus trees have been released that are perfectly suited for today’s small courtyard style gardens. Citrus Splitzer is two citrus varieties grafted on the one tree. There are 5 combinations available including Lemon& Lime, Lemon & Orange, Orange & Lime, Kaffir Lime & Lime, and Mandarin & Orange.

These trees have proved so popular nurseries are having to forward order them months in advance. Citrus Splitzer can be grown in gardens or in large pots. If you grow them in pots choose a pot that holds at least 3 bags of premium potting mix.

Clip your tree after fruiting so one variety doesn’t take over. Never use citrus food on potted plants because if you get hot weather or you don’t water regularly it can kill your tree. Use Osmocote slow release fertiliser and topdress with cow manure every Spring and Autumn.

Citrus trees are very easy to grow and the occasional spray with Pestoil will keep them pest free and healthy. These new fruit trees make great house warming or baby shower gifts. Look for the fancy lime green pots in your local nursery now.

Tim Pickles is a CNP horticulturist and director of Tim’s Garden Centre 2 Queen St Campbelltown 46267022.