Help with containerized citrus please!
Hello all! You don't know me yet but I have been silently stalking the forums for a long time! It's about time I speak up. I have followed all of your great instructions and trouble shooting tips and have great looking baby citrus trees. I have an improved Meyer Lemon, a Bearss or Persian lime and one kumquat tree that I don't have a more specific name for yet. I have them in A1's gritty mix (thanks a TON to "jessicasdoincitrus") and on a regular fertilizer/watering schedule. So far so good. I planted them in plastic pots because I live in Colorado and move them around regularly for sunlight accessibility and watering.
Now is where my vanity kicks in..... I have fancy big ceramic pots that I want to sit the ugly plastic, very useful for moving around and watering pots in to for showing off. I will also move these ceramic pots outside next season to protect the citrus from the sun.
I have read that mulching the in-between pots space will help as a buffer/protector. My issue with mulch is that it does not keep it's form when I lift the plastic pots out to water and move multiple times a week. What are some of your suggestions of alternate mediums for filling the space, and helping protect the trees themselves while outside during the summer months? Any advice will help. Thanks!!