Calamondi (Citrus mitis) is a cross between a tangerine and a cumquat and is great for sweet-smelling hedges, providing pretty blossoms, fruit and privacy. Use shears or an electric trimmer to shape, and turn the fruit into marmalade.
Citrus trees are hungry, so feed with citrus-specific fertiliser around the tree's drip line - half a bucket for mature trees and a couple of handfuls for young ones.
3. Dispose of fallen fruit
If left on the ground, the fruit will quickly rot and attract fruit flies and disease. Discard, but don't put diseased fruit in your compost. If you have a bucket-load, there may be too much acid in the peel for your compost to cope with all at once.
The trees you buy are grafted so they are stronger and more pest- and disease-resistant. The rootstock is selected for its vigour and resistance to disease. The top section, the scion, produces healthier foliage, flowers and fruit.
Citrus trees produce lots of fruit, so branches can get heavy and be damaged by winter winds. Remove a third of the immature fruit to lighten the load and divert energy into producing bigger, healthier fruit down the track. If the tree is in its first year, remove two-thirds of the fruit. You'll be rewarded later as your tree grows its strong bones.
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