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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] citrus seedlings need help
  • Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 17:50:27 -0400

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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