Every now and then we are asked how to grow and maintain citrus trees
in the greenhouse/conservatory.
We are now pleased to offer growing hints on pruning, feeding and potting.
FAQ: When is the best time of year to prune my citrus
Answer: Citrus are best pruned in the spring when the sap starts to rise.
This is when citrus start to produce their fresh water shoots.
FAQ: Where abouts should I prune my citrus tree?
Answer: Citrus are best pruned just above an active bud. Active buds are
usually evident just above a leaf node.
FAQ: There are buds growing below the graft. What should
I do with them?
Answer: Every now and then buds appear below the graft. This is the rootstock
trying to grow through.
It is best to remove the buds before they take over.
FAQ: Why are the leaves on my citrus tree turning yellow?
Answer: This is either due to lack of feeding, or the pH is lower than
it should be.
We offer citrus summer and winter feed which really help to keep the leaves
nice and green.
Feed also helps a great deal to promote fresh healthy new growth all through
To check the pH you can purchase a pH soil testing kit from your local
The pH should be around 6.5.
FAQ: When is the best time of year to repot my citrus
Answer: Citrus can be repotted any time of the year. We prefer to repot
our trees in the spring time, but before the water shoots start to sprout.
FAQ: What type of compost should I use to repot my citrus
Answer: We recommend John Innes No3, but you will need to add bark chippings/perlight/grit
to help aid drainage. You may also require a small amount of garden lime
to increase the pH to 6.5.
For all our other growing instructions, please refer to our citrus fact
Citrus fact sheet
We hope you find our hints and tips useful and enjoy growing your new
We currently have a number of kaffir limes, four seasons lemon trees,
calamondin oranges, Valencia oranges, Clementines, citrus mandarins, citrus
satsumas, citrus white marsh grapefruits, fukushu kumquats, tahiti limes,
key limes, Romanain limes, limequat eustis, bergamots, meyers lemons,
buddha's hand and navel oranges on offer.