Living in a unit with a balcony should not limit your ability to grow your own food. With advanced techniques in plant growing, there are now many varieties of Citrus suitable for pots and small spaces.
This is a new range by Eyles in Sydney. There are two citrus varieties of the same habit/size grafted onto the same tree. Combinations include Navel orange and Japanese seedless mandarin, Tahitian lime and Kaffir lime, Meyer lemon and Navel orange, Navel orange and Tahitian lime, and Meyer lemon and Tahitian lime. In the ground they will reach in excess of 2m but in pots and with regular pruning this will be reduced.
Flying dragon rootstock
This rootstock to graft plants onto was also found to be a successful means of stunting or dwarfing the growth of regular fruit trees. This makes these plants suitable for balconies or small courtyards. Flying Dragon is a root stock that originates from Japan. These amazing, compact, dwarf citrus trees will happily live in pots for many years producing delicious crops of full sized citrus fruit and growing to half the size of a regular tree. Nearly all lines of citrus are available grafted onto this rootstock.
Another great way of taking up less lateral space on a balcony is to use espaliered plants. Not only are ornamentals suitable for this form of plant training. This form of pruning involves removing all growth coming out from the wall or frame and encouraging the plant to just take up vertical space.
Also look out for the Meyer dwarf reaching 1-1.5m called ‘Lots A’ Lemons’.
August and February are the best times for fertilising. Alternating fertilisers; seafeed 3 in 1 and Osmocote Citrus Food is recommended. Water really well coming into spring and summer and always prune higher branches not underprune as this will encourage fruit to grow lower on tree and make it easier to harvest.
www.eylescitrus.com.au - (Citrus Trees)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (potting mix/fertilisers)
www.northcotepottery.com.au - (pots)