Citrus is an amazing group of plants that produce an abundance of fruit per tree each year.
In Kenya, we have a limited number of this group of trees.
The reason for these is our climate and soils.
Nevertheless, there are still some wonderful fruits worth growing in Kenya.
For example in Kenya we grow
- and Lime.
Other countries that have a good environment have a wide variety of citrus plants.
Most citrus is relatively simple to grow.
They need consistently warm, sunny climates to thrive.
They do best if grown in full sun but can tolerate some light shade.
They tolerate many types of soil, but, like most fruit here, well-drained soil is essential to avoid root rot issues.
Citrus includes many wonderful fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and mandarins.
The majority of citrus is self-fertile, which means only one tree is needed for pollination to occur and produce fruit.
Citrus generally blooms in the spring but can bloom at just about any time of the year depending on the weather conditions.
The fruit, however, take a while to form and ripen on the tree, with citrus like grapefruit taking up to 18 months to ripen.
Grafting Citrus helps improve its cold hardiness and disease resistance.