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Planting
 
Supplies

Re-Potting

Planting Your Tree

Supplies

 

Container

  • Needs good drainage (holes or mesh)
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  • One tree only per pot
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  • 2- gallon to 25 gallon pot size
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Container should be TALLER than the roots of the tree

 

Soil

  • Potting soil, not garden soil
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  • Fresh soil needed for every planting
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  • 32-quart bag needed to fill a 15-gallon container

 

 

 

 

Fertilizer

  • Any one of the following:
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  • Nelson's Texas Plant Food
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Espoma Organic Citrus-Tone

  • Miracle-Gro Shake n' Feed - Citrus
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NO fertilizer stakes

 

 

Mulch

  • NO construction material
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  • Decreases weeds
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  • Increases humidity
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Garden Saucer

  • Solid plate under the base of the container
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  • Needed for indoor use
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  • Needed when unable to water tree for extended time
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Grow Light

  • Essential for indoor growing
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  • Useful for winter growth and preventing leaf drop

 

 

 

Potting

We recommend that you keep your tree in a pot unless you live in a tropical climate. You will need to move your tree indoors or into a garage during the winter.

We prefer plastic or ceramic pots. Terra cotta and wood have an aesthetic appeal, but these materials will break down over time. Any container with holes will technically work. Holes are important for water to drain. Grow bags also work well, and they don't need holes.

Make sure your pot can comfortably fit the entire depth of the tube. If you must, trim the bottom of the roots to fit, but don't have any roots sticking up over the soil. In this case, the roots will not take.

Avoid a pot that has a tapered opening that is narrower than its middle. This makes it difficult to remove the plant for re-potting without damaging the roots.

Re-potting

You will need to repot your plant every 3-5 years, or sooner if you notice poor drainage. Poor drainage is caused by the roots balling up at the base of the pot and impeding water flow.

To remove the tree from its pot, place the pot on its side and gently roll it to loosen the soil. Then carefully apply traction and remove the tree and root system. Use a garden cultivator (the tool with prongs) to rake open the root ball. Trim the roots back a few inches with pruning shears.

Take the same or larger pot and fill it with a few inches of fresh potting mix on the bottom. Place your tree in the center of the pot and fill the rest of the pot with mix until the roots are entirely covered. Water daily for the first 30 days after repotting.