Citrus Tips and Ideas

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  • Start with an established plant from a nursery. Growing from seed is possible but takes forever and there is no guarantee of fruit.
  • Dwarf varieties do well in pots but should be repotted every few years.
  • Check which varieties grow best in your area.
  • Citrus are big feeders. Dig in Blood and Bone or chicken manure when preparing to plant.
  • Fertilize with a quality citrus food (following packet directions) in March, July and November.
  • A healthy tree is better able to resist insect and fungal problems.


  • Fruit can be picked when the skin starts to colour and it will ripen on the bench but you get better flavoured fruit if you leave it on the tree as long as possible.
  • Don’t leave fallen fruit on the ground as it encourages fruit fly.


  • Citrus stored in a snap lock bag in the fridge crisper drawer will last up to a month.
  • Fruit can be juiced and frozen as ice cubes to use later.
  • Grated rind can also be frozen to use later.
  • Citrus slices or citrus rind can be dehydrated.

Suggested Uses:

  • Cakes, slices, muffins and biscuits eg Nan’s Orange Cake
  • Dehydrated rind can be used in spice mixes
  • Juices and cordials
  • Curd or flavoured butters
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken
  • Freeze slices for drinks
  • Cocktails and mocktails
  • Left over lemon or lime husks are fantastic for cleaning stainless steel pots, just add some water and let it simmer for 10 minutes or so
  • Preserved lemons
  • Floral blossom waters
  • Cheesecake
  • Marmalade