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Anyone growing citrus trees?

Posted by wordwiz (wordwiz@fuse.net) on
Fri, Oct 29, 10 at 17:48

I possess a dwarf banana, lemon, orange and tangerine tree and plan on adding a peach, apple and pineapple. Google leads led nowhere, except for a couple of sites that suggested drip irrigation, which I don't really consider hydro. Supposedly the roots need to sort of dry out, which would mean an Ebb & Floor type, or maybe aeroponics on a timer. I know a banana will grow great in a DWC system - I add a week per leaf like clockwork.

Ideally, I would like to grow these in hydro until at least next fall and if necessary until the spring of 2012 when I will give them a permanent home in my garden. Preferably, I do not need to do E&F but I might be able do aeroponics on a timer. My preference, simply because I have the equipment and it is the simplest, is DWC.

If you have any advice or experience, I'm all eyes!

Mike


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RE: Anyone growing citrus trees?

Do you have any pictures of the trees you are growing? We are currently in the process of growing some plants, like tomatoes and such. It seems a little boring, but i honestly think citrus trees will be a good idea. Goodluck!


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RE: Anyone growing citrus trees?

tiger,

e-mail me: wordwiz@fuse.net

Mike


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RE: Anyone growing citrus trees?

It can be done. My own experience was starting seeds from lemon and oranges in soil, then moving them into rockwool blocks after maybe a month. The rockwool blocks were put placed in GH waterfarms with hydroton clay pellets. It was fun and surprisingly easy. I still have maybe four trees, all in soil at this point, alive after maybe three or four years. Keep an eye out for mealy bugs and fungus gnats.


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