My key lime seedlings

redfoxvaAugust 19, 2010

I have grown these two from a pair of seeds, everything seems fine with them, besides an ugly yelllowish lump on each plant. I want to separate the two ASAP to prevent their roots interlocking, when should I do this, and when should I begin adding fertilizer to them? I used standard miracle gro but will probably get a better suited soil after they grow a bit larger, although I may need some suggestions on good types because I doubt my local southern states carries it (although I can ask if they'll order some?) I also have standard 10-10-10 N-K-P fertilizer, whats a good citrus type for fast growth for the first few years, preferably organic, I don't want to pump it full of artificial stuff



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Sorry, I posted them wrong

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 9:29PM
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I've never grown citrus from seedlings but wouldn't think it should be much different from an already aged one. From all the research I've done on this forum, standard potting soil is not the best for use with container citrus. It breaks down quickly and compacts (not leaving much room for aeration) and holds water for a long time (which leads to root rot). There's a current thread going on reading screening that has good info on how to make either the 5-1-1 or gritty mix (both good, well draining mixes).

Foliage Pro fertilizer comes highly recommended on this forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Screening method thread

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 1:34PM
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Well said, well done..;-)


    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 3:56PM
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What about miracle gro palm,cactus and citrus soil? Can anybody recommend that, because I don't have the time to mix soil. So, when should the seedlings be safe to transplant into separate pots with new soil?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 6:51PM
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I'm real fond of using a key lime in my sweet tea. It would be neat to have a cold hardy variant (I live in Tennessee) for this purpose.

I found a Poncirus trifoliata naturalized in the woods with hundreds of seedlings all around it. Because of this I was wondering if anyone has attempted a cross between key lime and poncirus?

I have some key lime seedlings coming up right now. About half are double zygotic the other half are single/clone. Will there be any difference between the two? Anyone have success growing key limes from seed and had them produce? How long between germination and flowering?

As far as separation, I would wait at least nine weeks (I'm sure I will wait longer).

I have a 15yr old citrus grown from seed- but it has never flowered (but it does get stressed every year...) I grew it in WELL composted bat guano (and I don't fertilize it- it's an overgrown citrus bonzai)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 3:43PM
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If you're in the South (I presume you're in Virginia?) you may be able to get some Barky Beaver potting soil. Their "premium" mix is pretty similar to the 5.1.1 mix, I believe - it's mostly pine bark fines, perlite and sand, with a little peat. The pH out of the bag is pretty favorable for citrus. I don't use it straight but you probably could. A specialty nursery may carry it. The company is based out of TN and they distribute to a number of Southern states.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 9:38PM
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