Soil Management for Citrus Orchards
Soil plays the role of a growing medium for perennial, deep-rooted citrus trees. It provides not only mechanical support for the tree, but also air, water and all the required nutrients for the roots. Soil properties control the availability of soil nutrients and the nutrient uptake by roots. They have a major influence on the growth of citrus trees and the quality of their fruit.
Good soil management is always the basis for successful citrus production. Optimizing the use of irrigation water and fertilizer enhances tree growth, fruit production and citrus quality. Applications of fertilizer which are badly timed, or which use too much fertilizer or too little, are a waste of resources. They waste the farmer's money, and will have an adverse effect on the yield and quality of the fruit.