HOW CITRUS ARE GROWN
Producing a citrus tree, ready for sale, is a long process taking up to three years of dedicated production using our sixty years of experience and knowledge. There are many processes along the way; the following is a simplified step by step process to give you an indication of the work involved in producing our final product.
All the rootstock seed is purchased from Auscitrus, an organisation that provides virus free seed. The seed is planted in a special propagation mix and placed in a polyhouse and grown for twelve months.
The rootstocks are then bare rooted and graded, with over 50% deemed unsuitable and discarded. They are then planted into a 12 Litre bag using a specially formulated premium potting mix.
The rootstocks grow for another 6 months until they are suitable for budding. Using the ‘T Bud’ process, the desired variety is propagated onto the suitable rootstock and tied using a plastic budding tape. The bud wood used for propagation is purchased from Auscitrus to ensure a virus and disease free tree.
If the bud has been successful the tape is removed and the top of the rootstock is lopped forcing the young bud to shoot away.
As the plant grows it is trained to a single leader and staked producing a straight strong trunk. The tree is continually pruned and shaped until a desirable plant is achieved.
Approximately three years from the time the rootstock seed was planted we finally have a beautiful young citrus tree ready to be planted in your home orchard.