Fruit Salad Trees | Can I grow different citrus fruit in colder climates?

March 15, 2019

Fruit Salad Trees | Can I grow different citrus fruit in colder climates?

Citrus Fruit Salad Trees have deliciously different citrus fruit on the same tree. Blood, Navel and Washington Orange, Meyer Lemon, Tahitian Lime, Mandarin, Pomelo, Tangelo and Grapefruit - take your pick!

Australia has a range of climates, and we have a range of Fruit Salad Trees for all of the Australian climates. We're often asked about growing citrus fruit in cooler climates, so here's a rundown on growing these popular trees in the colder areas of Australia.

Citrus Fruit Salad Trees can grow in cooler climates. They require some special needs:

  • Plant near a north-facing brick wall to create a warmer micro-climate.
  • Don’t water over the foliage but straight into the soil.
  • Maintain adequate soil moisture in dry-winter years to help prevent water stress on the trees; stressed trees are more likely to be damaged by frost.
  • To minimise frost damage, cover the trees with a ‘frost cloth’ or even a hessian bag when frost/extreme cold weather is predicted. If a protective frost cover is used at night, make sure that it is removed each morning to allow bee pollination.
  • Don’t apply mulch to close to the trunk of the tree, leave a gap of about 2 inches.
  • Keep inter-row vegetation clear and free of debris for good air circulation.
  • Feed liquid seaweed at a rate of 10ml/watering can, plus liquid potassium (20ml/watering can) to strengthen cell walls and give the plants a few extra degrees worth of protection.
  • In winter, if your tree requires additional nutritional elements, add a mix of dolomite, lime and gypsum, which will increase nutrition and improve leaf appearance without stimulating a flush.

What Fruit Salad Tree will grow in your climate?

Check out our interactive climate map on our homepage where you can click on your region and find the Fruit Salad Tree for your place.

How tall and wide will Citrus Fruit Salad Trees grow?

  • Citrus Fruit Salad Trees are dwarf fruit trees, and when planted in the ground they'll grow to about 2 metres by 2 metres. 
  • Stone Fruit Salad Trees are approximately 3 metres high in the ground by 2.5 metres wide.
  • Apple Fruit Salad Trees grow to approximately 2-3 metres high by 2 metres wide. We recommend the espalier method of growing Apple trees.

When planted in a pot, the height of the tree is determined by the size of the pot. A Fruit Salad Tree growing in a pot half the size of a wine barrel will grow to half the size of a Fruit Salad Tree planted in the ground.

How can I purchase a Citrus Fruit Salad Tree?

View our range of Citrus Fruit Salad Trees below. Order online via this website and we'll deliver to your doorstep anywhere in Australia. Our trees are delivered in specially designed boxes to reduce risk of damage in transit. Our trees are handcrafted here in Rollands Plains, New South Wales, Australia. We sell our trees online only. We participate in a number of trade shows each year. Come and say hello, see our beautiful trees and chat to our nursery staff about growing different fruit on the same trees.

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