Citrus

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Grow your own grapefruit

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) can be used in lots of delicious ways, including salads, seafood dishes, cordials, cocktails and preserves. Grapefruit are a tangy rich source of vitamins C and A as well as being low in calories.

They are very attractive evergreen trees and there are different varieties of grapefruits available, including pink, red and the more common yellow. If you have a sweet tooth, the red and pink varieties can be a bit sweeter. Grapefruit can be grown in all but the coldest areas of Australia and do best in a warm, sheltered spot. Fruit are usually ready to pick in winter and early spring.

Grapefruit trees grow to around 4 m tall. For smaller gardens and pots, look out for grafted dwarf grapefruit which only reach 1 – 2 m tall.

Early autumn is an ideal time to plant a new grapefruit or other citrus tree. The air temperatures are starting to cool however the soil is still warm enough to encourage roots to grow so the tree can start to establish before winter.

Here are the easy steps to including a new citrus tree at your place:

For established citrus, it’s important to keep deep watering and feeding during autumn while fruit are continuing to develop and to promote an autumn flush of new foliage. Moisture and nutrient stress can adversely affect the quantity and quality of the harvest. Feeding is as simple as diluting 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive® Citrus Liquid Plant Food into a 9L watering can and applying over the root zone each week.

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Pomegranates
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The popularity of pomegranates is increasing as more people are learning how to use the crunchy pomegranate seeds (called arils) in salads and desserts.

Pomegranates are very hardy deciduous shrubs that grow 1 – 4 m tall (depending on the variety) and produce attractive orange flowers followed by tennis ball sized red fruit during autumn.

The plants prefer growing in a full sun position (they love hot dry summers) in well drained soil and make a fantastic edible hedge. They can also be grown in pots and thrive in all but the coldest regions.

Pomegranates can be pruned during winter to remove any dead stems and keep the plant tidy. Feed from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive® Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food to promote healthy growth and lots of colourful fruit.


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