Citrus soil

Key features

The fundamental characteristics of the soil for citrus fruits are related to the composition of the earth and its consistency. The ideal soil is of medium texture and little clay, well fertilized and mixed with sand and gravel. The presence of peat and organic fertilizers will be optimal to facilitate drainage. The soil, if acid in nature, will be better as a vegetative yield of the citrus fruits, and must be well ventilated. The PH is another important aspect, it must be around 6-7, and its measurement is simple, it is enough to use instruments for its measurement that are found in common pharmacies. A suggestion is to add lapilli of volcanic origin to the soil, it is not essential but it will help to recreate the optimal conditions for the growth of the citrus fruit. On the market the soil for citrus fruits It is readily available and already ready for use, usually composed of classical peat and blond peat also in pieces, bark humus, and pumice stone or precisely volcanic lapillus.

Home-made soil

Prepare the soil for citrus fruits at home it is not difficult, it is enough to have the correct tools and raw materials and be patient. The essential equipment includes peat of good quality, not too clayey soil, and organic fertilizers (horse manure is the best, but there are many others on the market). At this base, depending on the needs, we will add pumice or volcanic lapilli, and nutrients such as phosphorus, iron, potassium and nitrogen. Expanded clay will be useful for pot cultivation. Everything is readily available at sales points dedicated to gardening, and in the most supplied supermarkets. These elements are suitable for citrus fruits in pots or grown in the open ground. The preparation begins with mixing the peat with the pumice and possibly the volcanic lapillus; the soil must be well ventilated and liquids must be avoided. It should be processed, dug for a long time to make it soft. Then it will be fertilized by adding the chosen organic fertilizer. As a last step, all the nutrients are added such as iron, phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen. The expanded clay is essential for growing in pots, to be placed as the first lower layer at the bottom of the pot. Rely on a trusted retailer for any doubts.

Prices and features

The soil for citrus fruits is easily found on the market in all the points of sale for gardening and in the most supplied supermarkets. Prices depend on the quality and quantity, the brand and the composition of the same; if more rich in nutrients they will have a slightly higher price. Approximately a 20 liter bag starts from a minimum of 2.00Ђ up to a maximum of 15.00Ђ. There is also the possibility of having a perfect citrus soil prepared directly by your nurseryman, who will be able to mix the right nutrients and components based on the climate of your area. The exposure is also important: citrus fruits need not only warm temperatures but also exposure to sunlight for about eight hours a day. For those who will then withdraw the plant at home during cold periods, the proximity to a window is fundamental.

Citrus soil: How to store it

Citrus soil, if purchased in bags and already mixed and ready for use, is not always used completely. Can it be stored and not thrown away? Absolutely yes, and can last for several months. The first important thing is to keep the bag closed, just with adhesive tape, or a loop of rope at the end of the container bag. Pay attention to the place where you will keep it, optimally a dark place, never in direct contact with sunlight. Cellars, garages and taverns are the ideal places, but only if they are dry and not humid. If you have hermetic containers, even those that are used in the kitchen are fine, you can use them safely. Use them well dry and clean, and keep them as described for the classic bags on the market. The advanced soil can also be used the following year, if well preserved, but could lose a minimum of initial nourishment and consistency.