These instructions are sent with the plant gift
These unusual Japanese citrus trees produce the distinctive yellow Yuzu fruit widely prized for its complex flavour. A wild cross between a mandarin and rough lemon the fruits are the size of large yellow mandarins with a rough skin and a complex lemon/grapefruit flavour.
Citrus trees need light. A conservatory is ideal but they will also be happy near 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 young but mature trees can be kept in a pot outside all year round or even planted in a sheltered free-draining spot.
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. In the winter you should expect to water thoroughly once every 7-10 days, in the summer months you may need to water up to 5 times a week but do not stand your plant in water. Don't worry if the soil feels dry between waterings, 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 few weeks to encourage growth.
Yuzus grow quite slowly; if you need to, repot in the spring in citrus compost. As a general rule, 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 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 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.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 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 a soap and water spray.