Citrus

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Kaffir Limes

Kaffir limes (Citrus hystrix) are primarily grown for their richly fragrant leaves, that are an essential ingredient in Thai cooking. The leaves have a distinctive lobed appearance and can be used fresh or dried. Aromatic zest from the small knobbly fruit can also be used, as can the tart juice.

The trees grow up to 4 m tall and can be planted in a full sun position in either a well-drained spot in the garden or in a pot on a sunny balcony or patio. Pot grown kaffir limes are a great option for cool areas, as the container can be positioned in a warm protected spot, with kaffir lime trees doing best in temperate to tropical climates.

Feed kaffir lime trees each week from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive® Citrus Liquid Plant Food, which is a complete and easy to apply fertiliser that contains the correct balance of nutrients to promote healthy citrus growth.

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Citrus collar rot prevention
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Citrus love moist but well-drained soil, which creates a healthy environment for their roots to thrive and lower trunks to remain dry and healthy. Poorly drained soil or prolonged wet weather can lead to the development of root and collar rot diseases. These diseases affect the ability of the citrus trees to effectively absorb soil moisture, leading to wilting, poor plant health and sometimes plant death if left untreated.

Here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the incidence of citrus collar and root rot diseases:

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