EB Stone Cactus Mix?

BarbJP CA 15-16/9BMarch 24, 2014

I believe I need to repot several of my citrus trees and I think the mixes I've been using have stayed too wet, and as the oldest trees have been in the same soil for about 3-4 years now, it's probably time.
I've used a variety of mixes, Kellogg's potting mix, and EB Stone potting mix mostly, and a few home made mixes based on the 5-1-1 formula. They are great mixes for most annuals and perennials but I think maybe stay too moist for the citrus. I've had some leaf drop and yellowing.

Two questions; Does anyone have experience with EB Stone Cactus Mix?
And is this a good time to re-pot?

Some of them, like the Meyer and Yuzu are starting to have a leaf flush and the Meyer and Kishu are flowering. Should I hold off until they are done, or is it OK to move them now if I'm really gentle?

Thanks for any help.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I use EB Stone's Cactus Mix, but I mix it 3 parts of that mix to 1 part small bark (I use a reptibark mix from PetsMart), and 1 part vermiculite. It's fines are still too fine for my liking. All citrus are thriving extremely well in this mix. I also add a time release fertilizer and will fertilize about every 2 to 3 months with Foliage Pro. I would re-pot, now, and very gently. Try not to disturb the rootball, and you should not see too much aborted fruit or blossoms.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 3:32PM
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BarbJP CA 15-16/9B

Thanks Patty. I like that idea with the bark and vermiculite. I'll try that.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 5:24PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

It works beautifully, Barb. I will also use MiracleGro Vegetable Potting Mix in place of EB Stone's Cactus Mix, with equally excellent results. Perfect mix for me here in S. California. Water retentive enough, but with nice air spaces. My container citrus are very happy.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:19PM
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BarbJP CA 15-16/9B

Well, I re-potted my Cara Cara navel and found out the reason why it's been puny and struggling. About 2/3 of the trunk of the root stock just below the graft is girdled. Only a thin strip of live bark going down to the roots. The roots are only growing on one side, the side with the live bark. The soil was a little compact but I think this has been going on since I got it, now that I think about it. It was a rescue, wasting away in a little one gallon pot, on the clearance table, and I thought I could revive it. I don't know how I missed that when I first re-potted it. So it's now in a smaller, but wider pot, with the Cactus mix +, we'll see if it survives. It needs to grow bark back around 2/3 of the trunk and maybe it will also grow more roots then. It's not good odds, I know. If it hasn't done that at least half way by the end of summer, I'll just forget it. I certainly have pleny of others that are doing fine. Aaaand, when I got the soil at the nursery I also bought a W.Murcott Afourer Mandarin. It's a sickness I tells ya! ;)

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 11:01PM
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