This mini citrus trio is a great way to bring some colour to your patio or balcony. Citrus were introduced to Europe by those ever industrious ancient Romans and have been popular indoor and outdoor plants for centuries.
There aren’t many citrus trees that will produce fruit in a typical British climate, but these three if well looked after will fruit until early autumn. Don't be alarmed if the fruit is green. It will ripen after some time in the sun. Not every fruit will reach full maturity, as the plant will put its energy into just a few at a time. When the fruit looks plump and ripe, cut it off, so you can enjoy it and your tree can get on with growing more.
They require relatively little care. Keep the soil lightly moist, feed them once per month in spring and summer, and prune them lightly each year to keep a bushy shape. Remember these are sun-loving plants, so they won’t enjoy being out in really cold winter temperatures (they're not keen on anything below about 10°C). Keep them inside for winter, until the weather gets nice and warm, probably in about May or June.
Depending on the time of year, your trees may arrive without fruit, but if you give them enough warmth and sun they should flower and fruit from spring. Your plants will arrive in nursery pots (the plastic pot they have been growing in). There’s no need to remove them from this. Just place the whole thing inside a decorative pot.
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