How to Best Plant and Care for Your Citrus Trees in Arizona
If you are thinking about planting citrus trees in Arizona, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind pertaining to their planting and care. Even though Arizona does provide you with access to an optimal climate for citrus trees, there are a few things you’ll want to consider for their optimal health and growth.
Position your Citrus Trees Appropriately
First, you need to make sure that your citrus trees are appropriately exposed to enough sunshine. Sunshine is critical when it comes to cultivating any type of citrus. In general, you want to make sure that your citrus trees are going to sit in direct view of the sun for at least five hours per day. At the same time, the more exposure you can give them, the better. Try to plant your citrus trees in an area where they will be exposed to the north. That way, they can benefit from as much radiated heat as possible. You may also consider placing your citrus trees near a wall so that they will be protected from strong winds.
Plant Your Citrus Trees Properly
The planting depth of your citrus tree is just as important as watering correctly. Make sure the root flare is exposed when planting. Planting too deep can dwarf a tree and not allow it to establish properly, reducing crop production and longevity of life. When you are ready to plant your citrus tree, make sure that the hole that you dig is at least twice as wide as the pot in which your citrus tree is located. Furthermore, it should also be about one and a half times as deep as the pot itself. Take some of the soil that you have removed from the hole and mix it with some compost. Then, put the tree in the hole and fill it with plenty of soil. Water it well and make sure that the soil is packed tight, but not too tight.
Water Your Citrus Trees Regularly
Your citrus trees are also going to require plenty of water. Try to make sure that you irrigate them at least once or twice per week for at least six weeks after you initially plant them. That way, they will have plenty of time to get established. Make sure the ground also has plenty of drainage. This will prevent the roots from rotting. Think about watering your citrus plants either early in the morning or late in the evening. That way, they will have the most time to use the water before it evaporates in the sun.
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