Citrus

Citrus spp.

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Genus containing over 15 species of evergreen, usually spiny, trees and shrubs that are characterised by their production of citrus fruits. Simple, alternate leaves on winged branches and small, white scented flowers are common features of most of the species, many of them being commercially important food crops - including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. They can take up to a year to develop into edible fragrant citrus fruits. Grown outdoors in warm climates, citrus are popular patio or pot plants that can be brought indoors in Winter, in cooler regions.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features

Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

S. E. Asia and E. Pacific

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Clay, Compost, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Pests mainly a problem when under glass.
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