[NAFEX] citrus seedlings need help
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Tue May 31 17:50:27 EDT 2005
The only citrus I've grown is Meyers Lemon. I never water it more than
once a week. (I water it until water comes out the bottom when I do
water it, but it's in a light, well-drained soil, so I don't think it
gets really waterlogged.)
It does drop all its leaves from time to time. I'm never sure if
that's a seasonal thing or purely a reaction to stress. I usually
drops its leaves (each one turning yellow before drying and falling
off) in the fall, but it gets a lot of stress then - first it gets
colder than it likes, then I bring it indoors and the humidity changes
drastically, and at the same time, it always loses some roots when I
move it. But it usually sends out new shoots while the leaves are
dropping, so I know it isn't dead. At any rate, it seems to come back.
When I remember, I add an ordinary plant food to the water I use to
water it in the winter. In the summer I plant it in the back yard and
it gets some compost and sometimes a spring feeding of whatever I have
that year, but after that, nothing but rain water until it goes back
inside in the fall.
On May 31, 2005, at 1:20 PM, Mark Lee wrote:
> I have some one year old citrus seedlings that need some help. They
> have been growing in the same pots since they germinated. They have
> spent the last year either under plant lights or on the window sill. I
> have Thomasville citranequat, calamondin, and keraji mandarin seedlings
> that are thriving. All the others are doing poorly. The leaves are
> yellowing and dropping. I water them daily to keep them from drying
> and also to prevent them from getting water logged. I foliar feed them
> weekly either with a general purpose liquid plant food or with seaweed
> extract. What is strange is that 3 types of the citrus are thriving
> under the same conditions that he others seem to be failing under. The
> ones that are failing include kaffir lime, meyer lemon, yuzu, and
> I am wondering if it is time to transplant these to a larger pot, or
> maybe use a special food formulated for citrus.
> Some of you may wonder why I am bringing up this topic in the NAFEX
> group. A number of these survive outside in my garden with no frost
> protection, just like my other fruit bearing plants. To get these
> citrus to produce fruit is going to take some work since Seattle
> get much heat.
> -Mark Lee, Seattle
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