How to Water Citrus Trees



Citrus trees need frequent deep watering to produce a quality crop of fresh fruit.


Step One

Install drip emitters or sprinklers beneath the tree or build a 6 to 8 inch high soil basin around the outside of the tree (just outside the canopy of leaves).

Step Two

Run the emitters or sprinklers until the soil is wet to a depth of 3 to 4 feet.

Step Three

Fill the soil basin with water, let it drain, and repeat at least twice until the soil is wet to a depth of 3 to 4 feet.

Step Four

Check water penetration by pushing a stiff metal bar, wooden dowel or soil probe into the soil. The bar or dowel will move easily through wet soil, stop when it reaches dry.

Step Five

Water again when the top 6 to 8 inches of soil is dry. Most citrus will need water every 8 to 12 days in midsummer. Water less in cooler weather or if it rains.

Step Six

Mulch the area under the canopy with 3 to 4 inches of organic material.

Step Seven

Add more emitters or increase the width of the basin as the tree grows.

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