Citrus Container growers! What are you doing to perpare for fall/
As much as we, I hate to admit this, but fall is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about bringing our plants inside or at least protect them.
What I do is start treating them for pest with Fish Emulsion. I resume spraying faithfully once a week starting on Labor Day.
Then, I will do a major clean up of the areas where they will reside in-doors.
I will also make sure everything that needs to be repotted is done and that the mix I use is draining water properly.
I don't want any of my mixes staying wet for longer than a week at a time once the cool weather arrives and the days grow short.
Will you grow them in lots of light and warmth, or less light and cool conditions?
Mine will be in one very cool bright room all winter with fan circulating, blowing towards the underneath of the trees. This alliviates the pest issues and spindly growth.
Have you got your arsenal of natural pesticides ready, magnifying glass, spray bottles, artificial lights if need be, sunny windows all ready?
Have you checked the stores for fertilizer sales? They always seem to stop carrying what you need just when you run out before the spring.
I will also be slowly acclimating them to come in-doors by placing them in places that will recieve limited direct sun starting Labor day.
Wiil you wipes the surfaces of your pots off with a good soap or disinfectant?
Do you have all your insulation props at the ready incase of a cold snap?
Please, tells us what you plan on doing before yours have to come in for the winter or get protected.