Citrus tree care in Winter
10 November 2010
Now is the time to give your Citrus trees a well deserved rest as they enter the Winter period. Whilst they like warmth during the growing season, they need to be kept in cooler conditions during the winter with an ideal Winter temp of between 5C up to a maximum of 12C.
Check the trees over before overwintering and remove any dead or damaged stems, now is also an ideal time to give the tree a light trim. Any further pruning to shape the tree should be done in the Spring. It is also a good time to give the tree a treatment against any pests that may be present. A spray with a soap solution will often do the trick, or if the infestation is particularly bad then use an insecticide, we would recommend Provado Ultimate Bug killer.
Ensure that the tree is kept somewhere with plenty of light. The ideal posistion would be in a greenhouse, conservatory or a well lit South facing window. Try to ensure that the tree is away from areas that are drafty as this will cause the tree to shed leaves.
Citrus hate temperature change and can react to this by shedding leaves. If this occurs don't panic and move the tree again as this can also add to the trees distress. They will recover from leaf drop in most instances. Ensure that the tree is kept watered during the Winter months and a general rule of thumb would be to give the tree water when the top of the pot feels dry. Also feed it twice a month with a Citrus Winter Feed to help it keep ticking over during the Winter.