tempting citrus on clearance - hard prune?
A local (Houston) garden chain is offering most of their plants at 70% off... including their citrus and fruit trees.
This means I could get several of these trees in decent size (5 gallon) pots at 9 dollars each.
The problem? Most of the stock is very lanky after a full season of languishing in tiny pots, hot temperatures, and careless irrigation. So my question is..
Should I buy these now, let them grow roots over the winter, and then prune them to alleviate structural problems in the spring? I can protect them from freezing temperatures easily - that is, if we even have them. The kinds I'm looking at (satsumas, mandarins, kumquats) are pretty hardy anyway.
Or should I wait till spring and buy nice, new trees.. but pay three times as much and lose the winter of rooting?