citrus soil

jstn01May 2, 2012

I think its time to switch the soil in my citrus containers. I was hoping to get some recommendations on soil. My containers are 38 gallons each so there good size. Im switching it up cause of the work I been putting in on the soil conditions for the last two years. I was hoping that with everyones help I can find a easier and more effficient way on taking care of them. The citrus are in a azalea mix and potting soil mix 50/50 I know there is better ways but before iinvesting alot of money I wanted some thoughts



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I have mine in a mix of peat and rose soil, top dressed with 2" of cow manure compost and she is three years strong (changed her mix this year and shes looking really happy)

Happy Citrus!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:26AM
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If you browse the forum or do a forum search on "potting mix" "gritty mix" or "drainage", you will find complete diatribes on the topic LOL.
There are a million posts here regarding potting media- literally chapters have been written on the very question you are asking.
Click the link below- I've run the first search for you (for free!) and the results will help you decide which mix to opt for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Potting mixes

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 7:08AM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

I would not use the gritty mix. Besides the cost for 38 + gallons the weight alone would break your back. I would either use Al's 5.1.1 or or a good bagged mix like Fafards "heavy weight" mixes. You might get away with good ole miracle grow with added perlite.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 4:36PM
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I guess I should've mentioned that I have 26 of these containers so price will be a issue. I will go ahead and go through the forum and see what I can find and look at the various methods
Thanks everyone

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 8:27PM
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Justin: Very ipmortant

I think an even more important thing you should learn is the concept of growing in the confines of a container and how container soils work in relation to water movement.

Once you learn this concept, then you will choose what mix best works for you and especially your trees:-)



Here is a link that might be useful: Container soils-Water movement

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:16PM
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