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I would like some advise on re-potting 2 citrus trees we have. A lemon and a lime tree, small variety.

We have had the lemon in a large pot for 4 years and the lime for about 2 1/2. The lime has always struggled but the lemon has been great. Fertilised regularly and the last 3 years some amazing sweet lemons (lots of lemons, hence their name). We thinks it may be time to re-pot them, give them fresh soil and it was suggested to cut the roots ball in half then re-pot. Is it the correct time of year? Some advice would be great as we don't want to harm them! Thank you

Submitted: 08:45PM, 28 Mar 2015
Answer: Citrus is a great fruit tree to grow in pots. If your tree is growing happily and you don’t want the tree to grow any bigger then there is no real reason for you to repot it yet. If your potting mix has collapsed and compacted or you citrus starts to struggle you may want to repot it.
The best time to repot would be in winter, when there are no flowers or fruit on the tree. Don’t water the pot for a couple of days to dry out the mix, after this roll the pot around to loosen the mix from the rootball.
When you are ready to remove the tree grasp it by the stem close to the soil level and pull it out as you tip the pot over. If you see any dark and slimy roots cut these back to a healthy segment. You can prune the root ball back by about a half but you should also prune back the leaves by about a quarter.
Then plant the tree in your new container or the same one with fresh potting mix and water in using half strength Yates Uplift.
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Tags: citrus, repot
Answered: 09:05AM, 09 Apr 2015

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