Ever since the beginning of humankind, there has always been a connection with nature. People learned how to interact with the surroundings to be able to survive, they learned how to plant and harvest, and how to differentiate between edible plants and poisonous ones. Despite all the centuries that have passed by, people still have the need to be in touch with nature. It is of no surprise, then, that gardening is proved to be so beneficial for personal well-being. It is something that is innate in a way. Just think of how happy kids are when they play with some soil and sand and feel the dirt on their hands.
As gardens are more important nowadays from an aesthetic point of view, there are many ideas for adding a few changes to one’s garden every now and then to brighten up the look. Depending on the size of your garden, you may have planted trees or are considering planting. There are many kinds of trees you can choose from, and if you lack in space, you should consider planting in containers. Citrus plants are ideal for containers and there is a myriad of them you can pick from to suit your taste. From all the sorts of lemon, mandarin, cumquat and orange, to minimised “dwarf” versions of all of them, there are trees for every garden.
“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.”
The first step to growing your own tree is deciding on the type you want and the suitable container which would provide optimal growth. Once that is taken care of, your next task is to choose the ideal location. Thanks to containers, the notion of trees as being static and immoveable is changed. If you get tired of the look of the tree in the garden, you can easily bring it indoors, or if you want to protect it from winter conditions (depending on the climate zone you live in).
You have to be mindful of the tree’s sunlight necessity and make sure there is always enough of it so full growth will be provided. Citrus plants, unlike other types, require more oxygen so there always has to be enough of it in the soil. To avoid any such lack, you have to make some holes at the bottom of the container for water draining. Fertilisation is just as essential as watering, especially in the beginning of the tree’s growth. Citrus trees need minerals and if there is lack of some, you will notice in the leaf-colouring. Purchase fertilisers that contain Nitrogen and Potassium, as well as Copper, Magnesium and Zinc and always apply carefully around the trunk.
Last but not least, remember to do some pruning if you want your the tree to produce more fruits and to provide more light in case your tree is indoors. Pruning is perfect for enabling the growth of stronger branches.