"Miniature Citrus Trees Tips for small space gardeners"
Since the beginning of time man has been chomping on delicious fruits all around the globe and as time progressed man took dominance on these fruits and started to recreate and redesign the humble fruit tree!
This was done by slowly collecting seed over time with trees that had certain characteristics that we found useful. This could sometimes be flavour, shape, height, leaf variations or textures and growth patterns. We always looked for heavy bearing fruit trees as this filled our family’s tummies and put more dollars in the pocket.
But it wasn’t until recently with the lack of space on this ever growing planet that we started to produce miniature citrus trees and a wide variety of other species. Nurseries saw a market and pounced on it. Which was pretty darn great for us with small space gardens.
Miniature Citrus Trees, What are the Advantages?
If you are confined to a small space, but wish you were able to still grow your own citrus trees, well you are in luck. Many nurseries small and large stock a wide variety of fruit trees. It is worth ringing around though because they are usually only available seasonally
Dwarf Fruit Trees grow well in the ground and also in containers and usually don’t get above 6ft or 2 meters in height. This makes them the perfect companion for a small garden, veranda, porch, balcony or courtyard, pot or container
How Much Space for Your Container Fruit Trees?
"A good position in the sun is vital and the tree will need enough area to breath and be happy. "
Good circulation is a very important factor when it comes to the trees health as it will suffer from fungal attacks in a humid environment.
Also placing other flowering trees, vegetable, herbs and fruits nearby will help for the overall health of your Citrus Tree.
Just don't crowd it in! We all need some space to breath, it's the same with plants!
Miniature Citrus Trees and Which species!
Miniature Citrus Trees and Which species!Citrus Species
Origin: East Asia
Botany: All the Citrus species including the cultivator are evergreen and woody, with leathery leaves, yellow scented flowers and orange or yellow fruits.
There are many cultivars available and new ones coming into creation every year. Below I have provided a list of some of the more popular species available today.
Meyer lemon (C. Limon)
Tahitian Lime (C. Aurantifolia)
These are all grown on the dwarf root stock. The most popular of the rootstocks being (trifoliata)
Varieties of Miniature Citrus Trees
Most of the lemon varieties are too large except for the hardy “Meyer”. The Meyer is also one of the coldest tolerant of the species.
The “Lemonade Citrus Tree” style tree bears a very sweet lemon, thus giving it the name Lemonade tree! Other species available are!
Mandarin – imperial. Emperor, Ellendale and Kara. Please keep in mind all the new species coming into market. Enquire at the local nursery which miniature citrus trees would suit your garden.
West Indian and Mexican varieties are generally unsuitable for container plantings.
Position for Your Miniature Citrus Trees
Place your tree in a warm sunny position protected from winds, but has circulation of air. It is recommended that your miniature fruit tree receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to bear fruit well.
Growth and Care for Your Miniature Fruit Trees
Citrus trees love a lot of water and fertiliser. They do especially enjoy organic fertilisers with a seaweed, manure and compost base.
This should be applied twice a year for trees in the ground, especially just before the growing season.
Miniature Citrus trees in containers should also receive a liquid fertiliser once a fortnight through the growing season.
Keep your tree well mulched through the year but avoid under-planting the tree as this will disturb the fine feeder roots and cause setbacks to its growth.
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