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To grow citrus fruits:
The citrus plants almost all belong to the citrus genus, they are shrubs or small evergreen trees, originating in Asia. Generally speaking, they are easy to grow and grow rather slowly. They originate from areas with a mild climate and cold winters; it is therefore important to place the citrus plants in a very sunny place and sheltered from the intense cold and the wind; in northern regions these plants are grown in capacious pots, so that they can be moved away from frost during the winter. However, they can withstand short periods of cold, even if they do not like intense and prolonged frosts; It is also possible to simply cover the canopy with non-woven fabric during the winter, but in this case it is still important to place the plants in a sheltered place in the wind and facing south. They settle in a good loose soil, well drained and rich in organic matter; it is advisable to mix the well-ripened organic fertilizer with the earth, the sand and soft and light universal soil; we avoid excessively heavy, damp and clayey soils. The water demand of citrus fruits is quite intense; from March to October let's water regularly, avoiding, however, to keep the soil too wet, rather water it very often, but always waiting for the soil to dry well between one watering and another. Especially during the hottest and driest months, especially with regard to small and potted specimens, we can intervene by raising the environmental humidity with demineralised water vaporisations. Even during the winter we prevent the soil from drying out completely for prolonged periods of time, especially if the climate is mild. Watering and environmental humidity are particularly important when the plants are preparing the fruits, therefore we remember a greater regularity in water supplies in the weeks after the flowering. Citrus fruits need regular fertilizing, we recommend the use of mature organic fertilizer, or slow release granular fertilizer, possibly specific for citrus fruits, to be spread in the soil around the stem, at the end of summer and at the end of winter. The shredded dry lupine is also used as fertilizer, very useful because it provides the right amount of mineral salts very slowly over time.