Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

When Life Gives You Lemons; Sick of Buying Citrus? Got Limited Garden Space? Then Read on

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

When Life Gives You Lemons; Sick of Buying Citrus? Got Limited Garden Space? Then Read on

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Byline: Angie Thomas www.yates.com.au

Tough love tip

As harsh as this might sound -- and difficult to bring yourself to do -- remove any developing fruit from young citrus trees for the first two years after planting.

This will direct the tree's growth into leaves, stems and branches, rather than using energy to grow fruit, which will help the tree attain a larger size quicker and promote more fruit in the future.

IF YOUR appetite for growing things is bigger than your available garden space, then dwarf plants provide a wonderful opportunity to make the most of small areas.

Dwarf citrus trees give you delicious, normal-sized fruit on compact plants.

When it comes to lemon trees, the variety meyer would normally grow to 5m in height -- or about 2.5m when grafted on to dwarfing rootstock. Smaller still is the new meyer lemon called Lemonicious from Touch of Class Plants, which grows to 1.5m in height and width when planted in the ground and a very manageable 1m when planted in a pot. …

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