These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Looking after your young yuzu
Once these unusual Japanese citrus plants reach 5 or 6 years’ old they will produce their distinctive yellow Yuzu fruit. Widely prized for their complex flavour they are a cross between a mandarin and a rough lemon. The fruits grow to the size of a large yellow mandarin with a rough skin and have a complex lemon/ grapefruit flavour.
Citrus plants need light. A conservatory is ideal, but they will also be happy next to a window in a cool, bright room or sunny patio. In the wild these plants survive at high altitude and near freezing temperatures so they will tolerate a colder climate than most citrus trees. It is still best to protect your tree from frost whilst it is this young though. Once over 4 year’s old trees can be kept in a pot outside all year round or even planted in a sheltered well-draining spot in the garden.
While plants are in a samll pot like this, 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. In the winter you should expect to water thoroughly once every 4 to 8 days, in the summer months you may need to water up to 5 times a week but do not stand your plant in water, as this will damage the roots. Don’t worry if the soil feels dry between watering, but if the leaves start to droop or curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away. In the summer, citrus trees will benefit from citrus feed every other time you water to encourage healthy new growth.
Yuzus grow quite slowly; if you need to, only repot in the spring in citrus compost. As a rule, Once more mature, Yuzu trees tend to produce flowers in late spring followed by small green fruits that can take 10 months or more to fully ripen and turn yellow.
Citrus can take a bit of getting used to, but they are very rewarding and well worth the initial effort. 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 underwatering; 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 over time.
If new growth is very light in colour or has mottled markings your plant may be hungry. A good dose of a specialist citrus feed should soon green up the leaves. Our yuzu 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 soapy water