Fruit in Focus: Lemonade
We have so many lovely citrus varieties that you can choose from on our multi-grafted fruit trees; we thought we'd better introduce them all.
Arguably, Lemonades originated in Australia, but let's say the "Southern hemisphere". Just like the pavlova, both Australia and New Zealand like to own the origins. They were among the many treats that the 1980s bought the world.
The lemonade may look like a lemon, but it can be eaten off the tree just like a mandarin with a delicious tang. The fruit gets sweeter the longer it remains on the tree like most citrus varieties. Lemonades contain dietary fibre and vitamin C. They make a divine juice or can be added to salads, marinades, sweets or jams.
Notes: A hybrid of a lemon and mandarin. It is an evergreen tree which can have a small amount of thorns.
Fruit characteristics: A juicy tangy citrus fruit. Grow one today with one of our many other beautiful citrus varieties!
Pollination Information: Lemonades are self-fertile.
Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted citrus Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2 metres.
Fruiting Season: May - September
Preferred Climate: Subtropical, Warm temperate but will grow in most regions of Australia with proper care.
Location: at least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and when in a warm climate do not locate your fruit trees too close to fencing that retains heat (eg colorbond). Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity as will placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant as the water evaporates.
Soil: Well drained loamy soil with a pH around 6.0 -7.0. Adding lime to your soil will increase your pH and sulphur will lower it. For more information click here
Fertilisation: Add some old compost or manure to your soil as citrus trees grow well in nitrogen rich soils. You can also consider adding a slow release fertiliser with trace elements (when grown in pots you may need to fertilise more regularly). Always follow the directions on the container.
Pruning: Remember to balance your multi-grafted Fruit Salad citrus tree every 2-3 weeks during the growing phase of Spring & Summer and as the weather cools, once a month for best results!
Frost: At maturity your Fruit Salad Tree will be able to grow in temperatures of -8C. Note: While a citrus tree is young it is advisable to look at frost preventative measures.
Watering in pots: Keep the soil moist but not wet! If growing in a pot don’t sit it in water - citrus hate wet feet, but love drained soil, so ensure that there is a chance for good drainage.
Watering in the ground: Over Winter, aim to keep the soil moist, and over Summer, try to give it a good deep water every week or so, depending on your area, so that the water reaches the deeper roots and doesn't pool at the top layers of soil.
For further tips on growing your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Tree look at balancing your Fruit Salad Tree, planting your tree in a pot, planting your tree in the ground, find out what causes citrus leaves to turn yellow, and what causes citrus leaves to curl.
Check out our comprehensive Pest + Disease Guide for clues on what might be hindering the growth of your Fruit Salad Tree.
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White Satin Nectarines are loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium. They are fantastic in salads and is desserts but we prefer them best straight off the tree for morning tea! Super sweet with low acid levels. Grow one today with one of our many other beautiful stone fruit varieties!
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