How to Cover Citrus Trees

Overview

All citrus trees are tropical to sub tropical in their natural environments, which means they are not tolerant of cold weather, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Citrus trees are all evergreen and bear fruit within two to three years, and they need well-drained soil in which to grow. The fruit on citrus trees usually takes six months to ripen. Citrus trees are sensitive to frosts of any kind and you must protect the trees from the frosts by covering them up.

Step 1

Water the ground around the citrus tree before the frost and clear the area of any mulch or weeds.

Step 2

Wrap the citrus tree's trunk in insulating material like cardboard or fiberglass, from the base of the tree all the way up to the branches, and tie it in place with the rope, advises the University of California.

Step 3

Wrap each of the large branches in cardboard or fiberglass as well, and tie it in place with the rope.

Step 4

Cover the entire canopy of the citrus tree with a large blanket and a plastic tarp, both of which should reach the ground around the tree. Tie them in place if needed.

Step 5

Remove the blanket and plastic tarp once the temperatures reach above 30 degrees F.

Things You'll Need

  • Blankets
  • Insulating material
  • Plastic tarp
  • Rope

References

  • UNCTAD: Citrus Fruit
  • Universtiy of California: Frost Protection for Citrus and other Subtropicals
  • Jacksonville: Masterful Gardening: Mistletoe, grapes and citrus tree protection
  • University of Arizona: Protecting a Citrus Tree from Cold
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.