How to Water Citrus Trees


Citrus trees come in a wide variety from the popular ones like orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon to the more exotic varieties like kumquats, mandarin and others. Citrus trees vary in size from a few feet in height to over 25 feet and from container grown to orchard or garden locations. Blossoms on citrus trees emit sweet aromas prior to producing tasty fruits. Ensure proper development and growth of your citrus tree through adequate watering following planting.

Step 1

Use a shovel to create a "water ring" or basin out of dirt around the newly planted citrus tree. Make the ring a little wider than the actual planting hole.

Step 2

Pile the dirt 6 inches high and 6 inches thick. Fill the basin full with water.

Step 3

Use a shovel to add 3 inches of mulch around the tree to prevent weed growth and to maintain moisture. Keep the mulch 1 foot away from the citrus tree trunk and as wide as the trees canopy or wider.

Step 4

Repeat filling the water ring 2-3 times the first week citrus tree is planted. Water once or twice a week for the first month.

Step 5

Continue to fill the citrus trees basin each time the soil dries 2 inches down. Keep repeating until the basin wears away naturally around 4-6 months after planting.

Step 6

Keep the area under the citrus trees canopy weed-free through mulching or hand pulling weeds. For best results, use a drip irrigation or soaker hose system to supply water to citrus tree.

Step 7

Provide about 1½ inches of water per week to your citrus tree from spring to fall and 1 inch per week the rest of the year when rainfall is less than this. Do not over-water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water supply
  • Mulch (optional)


  • Citrus Tree Care: Post Planting Care
  • Texas A&M Extension: Home Fruit Production: Citrus
  • University of Florida Extension: Young Citrus Tree Care

Who Can Help

  • Garden Advice: Indoor Lemon Tree Care
  • Texas A&M Extension: Home Fruit Production: Mandarins
  • Texas A&M Extension: Patio Citrus for Texas
Keywords: Water orange tree, Irrigation, Lime tree, Grapefruit tree

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