Lemon Tree Care - Knowledgebase Question

Tucson, Ar
Question by jkcarroll195
June 30, 2010
We are new to citrus tree gardening. In 3 years we have had no fruit. We must need some advice regarding water, fertilizer and pruning. Can you make it simple?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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Citrus trees often take 2 to 3 or more years to bear fruit so don't be discouraged. Here's a link to basics on growing citrus in the Southwest from the National Gardening Association. http://www.garden.org/regional....

And a little more on watering citrus in the desert: For mature trees, water should soak 3 feet deep; for newly planted trees, about 2 to 2.5, depending on the size/depth of the rootball when it was planted. Use a soil probe (any long, pointed piece of metal or wood to poke into the soil) to check how far water has penetrated. The probe moves easily through moist soil, but stops when it hits hard dry soil. It's essential that you allow your drip system, bubblers or hose to run long enough for water to penetrate the appropriate depth. Depending on the size emitters, soil type, etc. this might take several or many hours.

There are numerous variables involved for watering schedules, such as type of soil, how fast or slow it drains, sun and wind exposure at your site, temperature, age and condition of the plants and much more. For 3 to 4 year-old citrus trees, guidelines are to water deeply every 10 to 14 days in June-Aug, 14 to 21 days in Sep-Oct, every 30 days in Nov-Jan and every 21 days in Feb-Mar. Hope this helps!

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