Position – Naartjie trees grow to about 3metres in height.
Full sun is best but can tolerate partial shade, and can grow in a large container quite easily.
Planting – Dig a hole, at least 50-60cm or plant in a pot the same size. Add a bag of compost, mixed with some acid compost & a large handful of phosphate, (2:3:2 fertiliser), with some of your soil to fill the hole.
Soil – After planting carefully press the soil down gently and water well. Do not plant in clay soil rather in a pot in a good bark based potting soil with very good drainage.
PH between 5.5 – 6.5 is slightly acidic.
Mulch – Mulch well with pine bark regularly. We do stock pine bark mulch for your convenience as it is not always easy to find.
Fertilising – Naartjie trees like to be fertilized with 6.1.5 every month. Also add a little Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) every few months. Iron chelates can be added regularly too unless you have added a bag of our Volcanic Rock Dust.
Watering – Do not over water, if you have had good rain during the week, do not water. If no rain, ideally water deeply for about 45 minutes once a week, just ensure the soil does not dry out completely.
Frost – While the plant is young cover against winter frost. When mature it can withstand light to medium frost if planted in a protected area.
Pests – Keep an eye out for the usual pests like aphids. Wash them off with a solution of dishwashing liquid, a lemon solution or neem oil solution.
Pruning – Cut away any dead wood every so often and prune away the inside branches to create air circulation throughout the tree structure. Pruning needs to be done during the month of July, and pruning sites should be well sealed with a tree seal.
Lime Sulphur is often recommended to kill off any fungi and insects that may be lurking on the tree, howver, it is not an organic solution