TOP TIPS FOR GROWING CITRUS
Lemons: Eureka produces a lot of fruit over many months with fewer thorns. Lisbon also yields heavily but has more thorns and only fruits in winter and spring. Meyer is less acidic although does not have a summer crop in Perth.
Oranges: Navelina and Newhall are early varieties cropping in winter. Washington and Atwood are mid-season and Late Lane and Chislett are late varieties. Valencia provides sweet fruit through summer.
Mandarins: Imperial and Daisy Bear fruit from May to July, Hickson from July to August, Afourer from August to September and Mystique and Murcott from September to October. Thin-skinned varieties such as Imperial, Hickson and Afourer are easier to peel but more susceptible to fruit fly.
Grapefruit: Marsh (white flesh), and Rio Red and Star Ruby (red flesh). Red-fleshed varieties are sweeter and have better colour in the north of the state and if grown in Perth need to be left on the tree until at least September to develop.
Lime: The Persian or Tahitian lime is seedless and more cold-tolerant then the West Indian. Look for trees with healthy green growth, no leaf yellowing Choose a site protected from strong winds with a sunny aspect Fertilise well Beware of mediterranean fruit fly Avoid strong sunlight, which can burn fruit
Lemons can grow well in Perth.