Citrus

The Western Australian citrus industry primarily supplies the local market with high quality oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes. 

Growing areas range from Kununurra in the north to Harvey in the south with recent expansion and large businesses near Moora. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia works very closely with the WA Citrus Improvement Group and Fruit West on trialling new varieties and providing other technical assistance.

Fresh citrus is available for much of the year from local orchards and imported at other times. The main local season runs from May to December. 

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  • Almost all of WA citrus fruit is sold in the local market. Fruit has been sent to export markets since 2015 and is increasing.

  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) staff can assist with citrus-related information in addition to a broader group of contacts and links to the national citrus indust

  • Find out more about the most common insect pests of citrus trees occurring in home gardens in Western Australia and their control using natural or low toxic chemical controls.

  • Correct nutrition of citrus trees is essential if they are to crop and perform to their maximum potential.

  • Six-spotted mite can defoliate avocado trees and grapevines in the lower south-west of Western Australia.

  • Gibberellic acid (GA) is used in citrus orchards to manipulate flowering and fruit development and reduce the incidence and/or severity of some physiological disorders that occur due to environment

  • Western Australian citrus production is concentrated north and south of Perth and further north around Kununurra and Carnarvon.

  • Snails cause damage to citrus orchards by feeding on fruit and leaves. Snail management is a multi-step process that involves both cultural and chemical control.

  • The long-term sustainability of the Western Australian (WA) citrus industry relies on investment in research and development that will provide solutions for tomorrow's issues.

  • Many new varieties of mandarins and tangors have become available in Western Australia with desirable traits for consumers such as few or no seeds and loose skin (easy peel).

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