If you only find room for one fruiting tree in your WA garden then look first at the citrus family. There is a heap of choice, all rich in antioxidants and vitamin C; and you can pick some of the most delicious fruit on the planet from your own back yard. While there's many different citrus you can grow the most popular by far is the lemon - can't beat it for summer entertaining drinks.
Citrus for Small Gardens
When I was a kid most lemon trees grew to about 4 metres high and a bit wider. With smaller gardens and balcony gardens today, there are tricks to keep trees smaller and more manageable.
- Prune your tree once or twice a year to enable you to pick the fruit without using a ladder. Prune in Spring & Autumn, they are susceptible to sunburn in Summer.
- Grow in pots - this automatically keeps them small. You will need to re-pot the tree every two years and always go for a top of the line potting mix.
- Espalier - grow trees beside a sunny wall and train them to grow flat and thin in a style called espalier.
- Grow dwarf varieties - one of the best innovations is a dwarf lemon such as "Lots O Lemons", miniature citrus with a mature height of 1.5 to 2 metres.