Graft citrus trees using a technique called budding. This process involves grafting off a bud from the tree in addition to some bark and placing the bud under the bark of a host tree.Know More
Only graft from a healthy tree that can survive without the grafted material and that will not spread disease to the new tree. The best time to remove the graft is during the summer months when the tree is growing. The bark should be around eight inches to a foot long. Make sure to use a mature bud rather than a young one. Use the grafted material as soon as possible, as it will not store for more than three months.
In the host tree, make two small cuts in an upside-down "T" formation and cut one-inch flaps at both right angles. The bud should be placed underneath one of these flaps while the rest of the bark is secured to the tree with either tape or twine. The tape should be removed after no more than 30 days. To stimulate new growth from the bud, cut the remainder of the bark to only one-and-a-half inches from the bud. After the new growth reaches three to four inches, trim back the remainder of the bark.Learn more about Trees & Bushes
Citrus trees do not require regular pruning to stay healthy and produce fruit, but trimming helps maintain the tree's appearance. Items needed to prune citrus trees are garden clippers and a sharp knife.Full Answer >
During the spring and summer, which are the active growing months for citrus trees, they need fertilizing one to two times. During a young tree's dormant period in the fall and winter, it is only necessary to fertilize every two to three months, according to Gardening Know How.Full Answer >
When the leaves of a citrus tree turn yellow, the tree usually has a mineral deficiency or is diseased. Mineral deficiencies typically are soil related and can be fixed by adjusting the pH. Over watering can lead to diseases which cause yellow leaves and rotting. Excess sunlight also can cause yellowing and curling of citrus leaves.Full Answer >
The optimal pruning time for citrus trees is early spring, prior to the flowering and fruiting cycles. This can reduce the amount of fruit produced, but keeps the tree healthier by thinning out the canopy.Full Answer >