Growing Citrus: Zest For Life

Citrus is a mainstay of Australian yards. From the ubiquitous lemon tree in the corner through to a kumquat in a pot on the balcony, citrus has so much to offer home gardeners if cared for correctly.

When they’re healthy and productive, backyard citrus is a great addition to any size home garden. As well as providing nutritious food during winter, citrus offers many advantages to a permaculture garden. Hardy, compact and evergreen, citrus can perform tasks like windbreaks and shelter, and dwarfing varieties means they can be happy in a pot which can be moved to suit your needs.

Citrus is a hungry crop and requires regular maintenance to ensure high yields and pest deterrence, but a well-maintained example of a variety chosen to specifically meet your needs will bring many benefits.