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Watering Citrus Trees

Adequate drainage is essential for citrus plants. Once in its growing container, the following guidelines will help you provide for your plant’s watering needs.

NOTE: This is part 10 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow citrus trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

General Guidelines

  • When grown in a container, citrus plants prefer a deep watering over frequent, light watering. Deep watering promotes deeper root growth and strengthens your tree. It’s fine to allow the top of the soil to dry out, but the roots like to be moist.
  • The quality of the water is key. If your tap water is hard (alkaline), it will cause elements in your soil to become unavailable to the plant.
  • Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to a quart of water will increase soil acidity.
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