New Bearss Lime in 5-gal nursery pot - repot now, or later?

jenn(SoCal 9/19)February 21, 2014

We have a new Bearrs Lime we purchased last week. It's still in the 5-gallon nursery pot.

I'm wondering if I should pot it up now into a slightly larger pot, or wait until next year if it is not root-bound or the roots aren't growing out the bottom. For now, it is sitting inside a larger glazed pot which will probably become its future home.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

This is a great time to re-pot in its more permanent pot, Jenn. I bet you'd be surprised at just how little root room is in the pot, once you re-pot it. Better to do now, that to wait until it is root-bound.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 3:57PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thank you, Patty. I'm thinking of potting it up to a slightly larger plastic pot that fits inside the ceramic pot. However, the ceramic pot isn't much larger than that, so it could go straight into the ceramic pot instead. Which do you think is best?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 4:42PM
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johnmerr(11)

Could we see a photo of the tree? Does it have fruit? That would indicate perhaps the grower has "pushed" the tree to make fruit for selling it. Do you know what rootstock it is on? Where did you purchase it? Do you know what nursery produced it (tree tag?) Is there a reason you are not going to put it in the ground?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 6:48PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

I think it would be fine in the ceramic pot, Jenn. John suggested posting photos. That does help. Snap a pic of your ceramic pot, too.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 11:49PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

John and Patty - I'll take pics today. thanks!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 9:30AM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

I finally had a chance to take a picture today while battening down the hatches to prepare for The Big Rain arriving tomorrow.

I've chosen two different plastic pots, both of which fit into the ceramic pot on the far left. I'm leaning towards the plastic pot on the far right - it's just slightly larger than the other one, and a better fit for the root ball.

By the way, that's my tiny Nagami Kumquat (true dwarf) in the upper left corner. Since we bought it about 12 years ago, it's been in a very large pot, then a smaller (better size) pot, and finally planted in the ground more than a year ago. It's still small but loaded with fruit. I'm hoping it will grow taller this year.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 10:10PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Bumping to show the photo.... :-)

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:01PM
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Jay Part Shade (Zone 10B, S21, Los Angeles)

Hey Jenn, I imagine you're not planting it now that socal has torrential downpours.

I, like you, got a dwarf bearss lime just a month ago. I repotted it in a 15 gal planter using the 5-1-1 mix. The little guy was majorly root bound. These dwarf varieties, which I believe yours is, are really vigorous. Mine has been pumping out flowers and fruits since.

And I'd say just stick the thing straight in the big ceramic pot. Ceramic stays cool while plastic will just keep absorbing heat and damage the roots. Even though the tree stays little (you can prune it to stay roughly the same size) it enjoys having room for the roots to grow.

Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:26PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thank you, Jay. My plan was to insulate the plastic pot by setting it inside the ceramic pot for a year or two, until the rootball is larger and a better fit for the ceramic pot.

My concern about planting it directly in the ceramic pot is the size of the pot itself - I'm wondering if it is too large for the rootball.

I'd like to grow it in the blue ceramic pot because we don't have a suitable spot for it in the yard at this time.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 12:52PM
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madferret(UK 8b-9a)

I'd say it depends what the soil mix it was in is like.

I dont trust nursery soil as mine was packed in a very heavy clay when I got mine. Needless to say it got root rot and caused me a lot of bother.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 5:57AM
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