a Citrus Tree: Post-Planting Care
Ensuring that your new tree has adequate moisture for the first year of life after planting is
important. Water your newly-planted tree two or three times the first week and one or two times
every week for the first few weeks thereafter. After this period, water any time the soil dries out
one to two inches down.
Weeding and Mulch
Controlling weeds and surrounding vegetation is essential to get your citrus off to a good start.
Make sure the ground is clear to a diameter of three feet surrounding the tree. Avoid the use of an
organic mulch to minimize the possibility of foot rot disease. Your tree care specialist may
prescribe a herbicide to help in weed control. As always when using chemicals, follow the
directions carefully and do not exceed the recommended application.
New citrus trees can benefit from the application of a specially
formulated fertilizer but not until growth
begins in the spring. Fertilizers should contain the necessary
macro- and micronutrients. Avoid fertilizing with a
quick-release fertilizer between approximately August and mid February for the
first two years to avoid stimulating vulnerable growth during the cold weather.
Read more about fertilization.
Newly planted trees can benefit right
away from the application of mycorrhizal fungi. This
beneficial fungus aids in root development and establishment. Read
more about mycorrhizal fungi here.