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Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Tovis » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:26 pm

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I am getting a bare root Meyer Lemon tree in the mail soon.

I'd like to mix 50% Coarse Sand with 50% Roots Organic Potting Mix. The sand would help keep the roots from rotting. Is this a good idea, how do others mix soil for Citrus?

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby pachinko799 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:55 am

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I have one lemon and a gold nugget tree in 100% Roots Organic and they are doing great. I really like their soil mixes. I think the addition of 25% sand would greatly help the drainage and use of wicks in the drain holes too. The lemon has been in the mix for 1 year now and is loaded with lemons right now.

I also have a cara cara and a meyer lemon in a mix of Roots organic and coconut husk chips and this seems to be working better for the trees but only in the pots a couple months now. No signs of stress. It's hard to tell when they need to be watered with this mix but when I over water it is very forgiving. I'm growing my tomatoes in this mix this year and they are thriving. Rarely need to water as often.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby pachinko799 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:01 am

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I have my trees in pots, if they are going in the ground I would skip the Roots Organic mix.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Tovis » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:05 am

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Thanks I'll give that a try :-)

I purchased sand, one bag is like tiny pebbles, and one looks like beach sand. Which type is best to use?

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby pachinko799 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:45 am

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I would go with the beach sand and rinse it out real good a few times in case there is any salt in it. I have access to really fine grit crushed granite which works better for me but don't know where you can get that except maybe a place like Lyngso in Redwood City or something. I'm not an expert at container citrus so hopefully someone else on the board can chime in for another opinion.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Tovis » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:55 am

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I live in Michigan, so planting it in the ground is not an option. I put about 20-25% sand in with the roots organic. What humidity do you keep yours at?

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Axel » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:21 am

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Tovis, don't worry about the humidity. Citrus will grow out in the desert, there are very large citrus trees all over Phoenix and Tucson Arizona, both have humidity levels that run much drier than your indoor conditions.

If you want to give your citrus good care, just give it a good misting once a day. But don't worry about putting it into an indoor greenhouse, you will just cause problems with diseases. The drier conditions are better for the citrus.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Tovis » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:31 am

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Oh really? Maybe I'll do that and just put it in a window. I assumed since florida and the Mediterranean are humid that it would like humidity.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Axel » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:40 am

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Well, the Mediterranean is dry, not humid, and most of the best citrus is grown in dry Mediterranean climates. So you will definitely do fine without the humidly. Really, the only plant you have listed that needs serious warmth and humidity is the cacao, which will do fine in your greenhouse enclosure.

Re: Soil for Meyer Lemon

Postby Tovis » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:43 am

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Thanks a million!


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