Free draining, nutrient balanced compost for healthy citrus plants Citrus fruit trees make delightful plants for the home and conservatory. They are evergreen and continuously produce highly scented flowers and delicious decorative fruits.
Westland Citrus Compost has been developed to provide ideal growing conditions for citrus plants. The slightly acidic compost provides the ideal environment for roots to thrive and ensures a long life of flowers and fruit. Westland Citrus Compost contains a mixture of peat, sterilised loam and West+, which provides a unique structure for healthy rooting and foliage production. The loam in the mixture provides a nutrient buffer, while West+ opens up the mixture allowing easy re-wetting, moisture retention and aeration ensuring vigorous root development.
First put on a pair of gloves and rework the compost between your hands so it regains its intended texture. Then you’re all set.
Citrus trees are best potted on in the spring before they start active growth, but they can be potted on at any time in the summer. Cover the base of the pot with crocks to ensure good drainage. Add some Westland Citrus Compost to the bottom of the pot and place the root ball on top of this layer. Fill in around the edges with more Citrus Compost ensuring the top feeder roots are covered with 2cm of fresh compost. Water well and keep in the shade for a few weeks to allow new roots to grow.
Start feeding six weeks after re-potting. Citrus trees grow actively all year round, flowering and growing new foliage in summer and in the winter the fruits ripen. As a result they need to be fed throughout the year. Feed Citrus plants every week with a high nitrogen feed such as Westland Citrus Liquid Concentrate Plant Food as soon as active growth starts in spring through until the end of September. Feeding encourages bushy growth, and prevents fruit drop and leaf yellowing. In October switch to a balanced plant food that will sustain winter activity and fruit ripening. Push Westland Gro-Sure® Slow Release Plant Food tablets into the compost during October to provide a slow and steady release of nutrients throughout the winter.
Citrus plants prefer slightly acidic conditions so use rainwater whenever possible in hard water areas. Water thoroughly when required, allowing the surface to dry out between watering. Do not allow plant to stand in water.
Keep plants in a minimum temperature of 10ºC. During winter keep the plants in a cool, frost-free place. In summer move plants outside as soon as the risk of frost has passed. To prevent the risk of leaf scorch do not place in direct sunlight for the first three weeks. Spraying the plants daily with plain water will keep them cool and encourage pollination of flowers.
Avoid over watering.
Place plants in bright positions but avoid direct sunlight if possible.
Avoid large fluctuations in room temperatures as this may cause leaf drop.
Not suitable for ericaceous (lime hating) plants.
Store in a dry, frost free place away from weed killers and other garden chemicals.
Reseal bag after use.
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