Will Shade Affect Citrus Growth?

Question From: 
Jame Adams in  Thornlie,  Thornlie WA


Nature of problem: 
We have a dwarf lemon (Meyer) & dwarf lime in pots in a Northern aspect & they are thriving. We would like to extend our shade cloth covering in our garden to incorporate the 2 citrus tubs. The shade cloth is heavy duty Coolaroo, cream in colour. Will the shade cloth seriously affect the growth of the 2 citrus plants?


Type of Plant (if known): 


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
See above


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
Good quality potting mix


How often do you water the plant:
Twice a week as permitted


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Lots – North facing


What type of plant is it:
See previous


How long since you planted it:
6-8 months


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Citrus fertiliser


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

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Other Comments: 


Answer: Hi Jame,  Citrus do best in 100% full sun all day. You forgot to mention the percentage of shade in your cloth. Anything more than 25% shade is not good, Don