These instructions are sent with the plant gift
This unusual citrus tree has variegated leaves and sometimes even variegated fruits. It is a sweet eating orange and can bring pleasure for years with the right care.
Citrus trees, like lots of light and a cool but not cold room. A light room near a window or a conservatory is ideal. In winter, try and keep your tree away from central heating and in a nice light spot. In the heat of summer you can give your plant a holiday. Put it outside on a sheltered patio and it will enjoy the fresh air. Bring it back inside when there is a nip in the evening air. Your plant will start to suffer in temperatures below 8˚C.
Water your tree thoroughly from the top when the top of the soil is dry. This might be once or twice a week in the winter and as often as every day in hot weather. Try to ensure that the water runs right through the pot and out of the holes in the bottom. The roots should not be left to stand in water so do let the extra water drain away. A citrus feed added to the water every other watering will also help to maintain a healthy plant.
These pretty orange trees can grow to a maximum of 3 metres. For an unusual addition to cold drinks and cocktails pick the fruits underipe whilst they are still stripey and they will take like a lemon. Alternatively allow them to follow ripen to orange for a sweeter fruit.
Problem Solving Overwatering,, underwatering and shock can all be the cause of leaf drop. One or two leaves is not something to worry about but more than 10 and your plant is not happy. Give us a call on 01825 721162 if you are worried. However, in most cases, return to a regular watering routine and temperature will lead to recovery.
If the new growth on your plant is very light in colour or if the variegated tips start to turn yellow, it is likely that your plant is lacking one of the trace elements. A good citrus feed added when watering should bring the colour back to the leaves. Please note that occasionally a branch may develop without any variegation, if this happens just snip this branch out to encourage more variegated growth in its place.
In the unlikely event that you find any pests (eg. aphids or caterpillars) on your plant use a soft soap or pest spray to wash off the offending creatures and pick off any damaged leaves to keep the plant tidy.