These instructions are sent with the plant gift
These unusual citrus trees are the true Citrus bergamia used to flavour Earl Grey Tea and make a lovely feature with heavily perfumed flowers and unusual drop shaped fruits.
Citrus trees need light. In the summer, your bergamot plant will enjoy a patio in sun or partial shade. However bergamot trees are not hardy and will need to come inside as soon as there is a nip in the evening air. When indoors choose the lightest spot in your house, ideally near a window but away from cold draughts and radiators.
While plants are in a pot they will need regular watering. Remove the pot from inside its basket or container. Water thoroughly from the top until excess water drains right through the pot and out of the bottom. This will ensure the roots at the bottom get the water they need.
It is difficult to be specific about how often your plant will need watering as it depends on how warm the room is and how much sunshine there is that week. As a guide you might expect to water thoroughly once every 7-10 days in winter, but be watering almost every day in the summer months. The best way to decide whether your plant is ready for a drink, is if the top of the soil is dry and the pot is beginning to feel light. If the leaves start to droop or curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away but don’t ever let your plant stand in water. On arrival your plant will be well fed but after the few weeks it will be from a regular citrus feed every other watering.
As a general rule, bergamot trees tend to produce flowers in late spring followed by distinctive fruits that can take 10 months or more to fully ripen ready for harvesting. Don’t be alarmed if only a few of the flowers set, it is normal for the majority of the flowers to drop without forming buds leaving just a handful of fruit on a tree this size.
Citrus trees are not the easiest of plants but they are very rewarding. Look out for signs of trouble and try to treat problems early. The most common problem is leaves dropping due to over or under watering. If leaves are crisp when they drop, this is due to under watering; if they are leathery the chances are it has been over watered. A return to a regular and thorough watering routine should lead to recovery but if you have any queries please do give us a call on 01825 721162.
If new growth is very light in colour or has mottled markings your plant may be lacking trace elements. A good dose of citrus feed should ensure that new growth is a more healthy green. Our lemon trees are grown in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find pests eg. aphids these can be removed by hand or with a soap and water spray.