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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
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Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

Citrus Care 101

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Citrus Care 101

Lauren Brookhart


Heavy feeders of both nitrogen and phosphorus, now is the time to feed your citrus! We recommend using Master Nursery Citrus Food 12-8-4 or E.B. Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Care 7-3-3 to promote fruiting and healthy growth.

If you’re noticing yellowish foliage with green veins, apply Master Nursery Chelated Iron Plus 2-0-0 to encourage deep green foliage and new growth. Questions? Stop in today and let us help you get your best citrus harvest yet!

If you haven't got any citrus planted, it's a great time to plant! With so many varieties in stock, it won't be hard to find a delectable variety to add to your garden! Check out a few of our favorite citrus here.

Plant your citrus in a warm, sunny exposed spot that's protected from the wind. Use a mixture of your soil and Master Nursery's Gold Rush when planting into the ground. For containers, we recommend using Master's Planting MixUpon planting, feed your citrus Master Nursery’s Citrus Food 12-8-4 or E.B. Stone Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Food 7-3-3 for a boost! 

We also recommend feeding your citrus Master Nursery’s Iron Plus regularly to prevent leaf chlorosis. Leaf chlorosis is easily identifiable as leaves will begin to yellow with dark green veins, a sign of an iron deficiency. Citrus are heavy iron feeders and in order to maintain healthy leaves, you’ll want to supplement their feeding. For immediate results, apply liquid Master's Chelated Iron Plus. Remember that organic fertilizers do not include iron, so you will need to maintain a regular supplement of iron to keep your citrus healthy!

Citrus trees like deep, infrequent watering so they stay on the dry side of moist! Watering frequency will vary with temperature and maturity but watering deeply once a week should be sufficient for a plant in the ground. Container plants may need watering twice a week but it is important to allow the soil surface to dry out between waterings.

Little or no pruning is necessary on citrus, however, the occasional erratic branch can be cut way back. Citrus round out naturally into a shapely shrub or tree—to expedite this pinch off the tips of new growth. For special or restorative pruning wait until Spring. 

Come winter, be aware of frost. Although susceptibility varies by variety and maturity, (for example, limes are the most susceptible to frost damage) in general, established plants can withstand short exposure to freezing temperatures with no damage. However, severe or prolonged frost will damage most varieties. Be sure to bookmark our Winter Care For Citrus post for our steps to prevent against frost. 

For more information, check out our general Citrus Care Sheet or stop in today!