Over the past few years, we’ve used many tools to both break the ground and grow our citrus trees. While some worked great, others didn’t. We chose not to include the ones that didn’t work on this list.
The following list includes the products that are most ideal for growing citrus trees. Of course, you don’t need all of them, so you can pick and choose.
I will say that the bamboo stakes were a lifesaver not only for our potted citrus trees but also for our tomatoes and cucumbers (see the image below).
We built them into simple trellises and they didn’t waver at all, even in strong winds. I’d suggest getting the 6-8′ bamboo poles if you’re looking at staking your younger citrus trees.
Now, here’s the full list of our recommended products for citrus trees.
Tools for Potted Citrus Trees
- 5-Gallon Grow Bags
- 7-Gallon+ Pots (Up to 176-Gallons)
- Hand Spade
- Watering Can
- Pruning Shears
- 2-8′ Bamboo Stakes
Tools for Planted Citrus Trees
- Heavy Duty Shovel
- Branch Cutter
- Raised Garden Bed
- Soil Tester (Moisture/Light/pH Meter)
- Pine Straw Mulch
There are some items on this list that are far more helpful than others. Our top 3 picks would have to be the soil tester, branch cutter, and pine mulch.
Our Top 3 Picks
1. Soil Tester
The soil tester is incredibly affordable and can detect the pH level of the soil.
Citrus trees prefer a pH of 5.5-6.5, and without the proper pH, citrus trees have a hard time absorbing nutrients.
So, it’s important to get the pH right. Although you can buy kits or do homemade tests to determine your soil’s pH, the soil tester linked above will make it incredibly easy. It doesn’t even require batteries.
2. Branch Cutter
Getting a branch cutter is a pretty obvious purchase. Pruning is a great practice to develop as you can train your young citrus trees to focus on growth, and your more mature citrus trees to focus on fruiting.
To help your young citrus tree focus on growth and expanding its foliage, pinch off the budding flowers so the tree can redirect its energy elsewhere.
To help your mature citrus tree focus on fruiting, prune some of the extra foliage, reducing the energy load it needs to maintain those branches and redirecting it to more fruit.
As with anything, there’s a balance. Don’t prune too much to where the tree can’t photosynthesis, and don’t prune too little where the tree is overbearing and unable to keep up with excessive foliage or fruit.
Of course, if you have a potted citrus tree, then you won’t need something as heavy-duty as this. I’ve linked a set of pruning shears in the list above that’s better suited for the potted citrus trees smaller branches.
3. Pine Mulch
Along with pruning, mulching citrus trees is another good practice to get into.
Mulching the base of citrus trees helps retain moisture in the soil, prevent weeds from growing, and slowly breaks down to provide nutrients for the tree. Both planted and potted citrus trees can benefit from mulching. Make sure to not let the mulch touch the tree directly.
If you’re growing citrus trees outdoors, then odds are you’re in a hotter climate. Mulching your soil will go a long way in keeping the water in and preventing the sun from baking the soil into dead dirt. Plus, if you can water less, then why not?
However, you don’t need pine mulch specifically. In fact, you can use leaves, clippings, or other vegetation scraps as mulch. This way you can keep the nutrients in your garden instead of the landfill.
Hopefully, this list helps inspire you or solve some issue that you were dealing with. There are many issues that citrus trees can develop, so taking the proper precautions and getting creative with solutions can take you far. We’ll be updating the list as we go, so make sure to stay tuned!
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