At Zito Landscape Design, we’re passionate about helping people turn their outdoor spaces into personal sanctuaries and social hubs. That’s why we work hard to consistently provide excellent landscape designand implementation services, and why we’re happy to maintain the gardens we create and keep them looking as fresh and beautiful as ever for years to come. But outside of the work we do, there are things you can do to keep your plants healthy and happy – and citrus trees are some of the most demanding of all. To help out, here are a few tips for growing citrus trees in southern Florida.
Citrus trees need deep and well drained soil to survive, so you’ll first want to ensure your soil has the proper drainage. To do this, dig to a depth of 3 or 4 feet with a posthole digger, then fill that hole up with water. In soil that’s well-drained enough for citrus trees, the water should drain away within 24 hours. If it doesn’t, you may need to look into using a raised bed for the trees. You’ll also want to check the pH of your soil – if it’s outside the range of 6 to 7.5, citrus trees may not grow well there.
Citrus trees do well with light fertilizing, and keeping them on a proper nutrition cycle will help them grow and produce delicious fruit throughout the years. Use a fertilizer formulated for citrus during spring and summer, then switch to a monthly citrus-formulated nutrition spray during fall and winter.
When growing a citrus tree in southern Florida, there are two primary pests to watch out for: the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the Citrus Leaf Miner. Asian Citrus Psyllids feed on a tree’s new growth, so watch for signs of curling or deformation on new leaves. Citrus Leaf Miners will leave silver tunnel-like trails that spiral through the leaves. If you see signs of either of these pests, let us know – we can give you recommendations for the best products to fight them.
Have more questions about growing citrus trees in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale? We’re here to help. Feel free to call us at (800) 673-9161, learn more about our services, or reach out to us at our contact pageto start discussing your own landscaping needs. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips on maintaining your southern Florida garden.