Watering Citrus - Knowledgebase Question

Surprise, AZ
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Question by MPremseler
January 3, 2002
How often/much should our citrus trees be watered during January and February. The 15 gallon trees were planted September 2001.

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2002
There is an excellent chapter on citrus care, including charts for watering and fertilizing, in a recently published book called Desert Landscaping for Beginners, ISBN 0-9651987-3-1, from Arizona Master Gardener Press. The book recommends that trees from 15-gallon containers should be watered to a depth of 20 inches for the first year after planting, and should be watered about 14 days in January, increasing to every 10 days in February through April, and then 5 to 7 days from July through October. As the tree ages, the depth of watering should increase up to 36 inches by the time it has been in the ground 4 years. Hope this info helps!

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