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Postby AlexMason » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:00 am

Is Tomorite a good feed for citrus fruit plants?
I have never used it so ask.
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Postby clairelv1 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:38 am

it is serious thing, you shoud check carefully before you do it
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Postby Westi » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:16 pm

Hi Alex

There is specialist winter & summer citrus feed available that lasts well & is very reasonable. This will provide the right nutrients for these plants which can be very testing to get a harvest.

I have had no success at all with citrus although have one kaffir lime limping along but mainly use the leaves so not too concerned if don't get any fruit. (The only thing I do without fail is snip the nasty spines off it). I lost my orange & lemon from not being meticulous with their care but will try again at some point when not distracted by work! :)

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Postby FelixLeiter » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:55 am

I feed everything that requires feeding with Tomorite, including citrus, with good results. I'm not altogether convinced of the benefits of feeds specific to certain genera, especially a winter feed for citrus — I cannot see sense in feeding a plant when it is dormant. Citrus are robust growers and should be treated robustly in response, rather than meticulously, I would argue. I prune very hard, almost to a stump, at the start of the season (which starts early, often early Feb) and then water copiously once new growth is at full spate. Hard pruning gives the opportunity for a fresh start, removing almost all previous year's insect pests, pest eggs, sooty mould and so on; the rest I take care of with a detergent wash. I start feeding when I start feeding tomatoes, which is from now on. Citrus foliage does tend to yellow, which is bothersome. This may be put down to lack of feeding, but a pH imbalance is the usual cause. The compost of potted citrus tends to break down and become too acidic, especially in soft water areas or where rain water is used for irrigation; watering with hard water can increase the pH too much, with the same outcome.
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