The Q&A Archives: Care Of Satsuma Trees

Question: I recently received 2 Satsuma trees, and I have no idea how to care for them. What do you suggest?

Answer: Jim,

Plant your satsumas in a sunny location in well-drained soil. Keep them mulched a few feet out from the base of each plant to reduce weed competition and the need to mow beneath them.

Fertilize them with a product containing a nutrient ratio of about 3-1-2. Make one application in spring and two more at 6 week intervals. Apply one cup per inch of trunk diameter every time your fertilize. Spread it evenly beneath and just beyond the branch spread of the trees.

Keep them moist but not soggy-wet. Protect them whenever temperatures drop into the mid 20's. If you plant them in a container, bring them indoors when temperatures are in the upper 20's.

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