If you want to know how to plant your citrus tree, follow our guide below. Make sure to reference the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map prior to planting these trees.
How To Plant Your Citrus Tree
Follow our step-by-step guide right here.
- Choose a planting site that is at least 15 feet away from the home or any other large structures.
- Trees needed to be planted 15 feet apart from one another.
- Citrus trees prefer sandy soils over standing water.
- At least 50% sunlight is needed, but a location with full sun works best.
- Plant the tree on the southern side of your home to protect it from the cold.
- Clear the area of any grass and weeds.
- Dig a hole 8-10 inches larger than the tree’s root ball.
- Fill the hole with water.
- Remove the tree from the pot and place it in the water filled hole.
- Plant at the level near the top of the root ball.
- Refrain from putting the bud union (graft) below the soil.
- Add soil back to the hole.
- Fill all air pockets both under and around the root ball.
- Newly planted citrus trees need to be watered regularly for the first three months.
- The soil should eventually dry down between watering.
- Refrain from mixing fertilizer in the hole before planting.
- Try to fertilize the plant every 3-4 months.
- Use the fertilizer at a rate of 1-2 lbs.
- Apply the fertilizer around the tree’s drip line.
- Refrain from putting it up next to the trunk.
- The fertilizer needs to contain minor elements, not just N-P-K.
- Use a slow release fertilizer and always follow instructions on the bag.
How To Plant A Citrus Tree In A Container
If you are looking to plant your citrus tree in a container, follow these simple steps.
- Select a soil mix that is well-drained and not heavy topsoil.
- It is recommended to use 30% Canadian Peat and 70% composted Pine Bark.
- You can add some sand in if you wish.
- Put soil in the bottom of the pot so the tree is placed with the existing soil level at the top of your new soil level.
- Finish filling the pot with soil.
- Pack extremely well so all air is removed.
- Water thoroughly and more frequently than if the tree was planted in the ground.
- Make sure the soil is dry between watering.
- Fertilize every 3-4 months with a slow-release fertilizer.
If you’re looking for the best plants and trees for your Mesa home contact the knowledgeable and helpful folks at your local A&P Nursery.