[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 
> out
> 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 
> US119.
> 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 
> doesn't
> get much heat.
> -Mark Lee, Seattle
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