Got Citrus? Learn How and When to Fertilize

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It never fails to amaze me that winter is a busy season when you have citrus trees growing in your garden. This is something that I never imagined would be the case.  

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In Southern California, we always had lemon and orange trees in our backyard.  After coming to Arizona, our first home had a huge grapefruit and orange tree.  My small orange tree is flourishing well at home.  

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At this time of year, most citrus is ripe.  If your citrus tree produces more fruit than you can eat, your neighbors may share.  Our kitchen is full of citrus from my mother's lemon tree, our friend's blood orange tree, and our neighbor's grapefruit.   

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Good thing we all like to eat it.The only drawback to winter citrus bounty is spoilage.  When all our fruit is gone this summer, I'll hate paying $1 a lemon at the grocery store.   

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For your citrus trees to give tasty fruit, you want them to be in good health.  To do this, there needs to be a regular fertilizer program.  

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A citrus tree needs to be fertilized three times a year. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for oranges.  Micronutrients like iron, zinc, and manganese are some other nutrients that orange trees need.  

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Using a fertilizer made just for citrus trees, which should have all of these nutrients, is the best and fastest way to give these nutrients to citrus trees.  

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When you fertilize citrus is vital since it needs to be done three times a year.  Winter, late spring, and late summer are the application seasons. Remembering when to fertilize can be challenging, but there is an easy strategy.  

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