How To Plant Your Citrus Trees In A Pot/Container
Below we explain step by step how to plant your citrus tree in a pot or container. We will be adding videos soon! Let us know how helpful this was.
Growing Citrus Trees In Planters - Step By StepFirst step: choose your container. Make sure to choose a container large enough to support the root system of your citrus tree. It is important to disinfect the container before using it. You should use a ratio of one part bleach for every ten parts water. Make sure the container has enough plugs for proper drainage. You will need to place a mesh screen to prevent any dirt from escaping the container. Place an inch or two of gravel over the screen.
Second step: make sure to loosen up the root system. If you received your citrus tree bare root, rinse off any packing material and soak the roots in a bucket of water for several hours. If your tree roots are wrapped in burlap, remove any metal or plastic from the tree, but keep the burlap in place for now.
Third step: start to add the soil. The soil mix should be specifically for citrus trees or a cactus mix. You will need to pack the soil it down gently as you go, add enough soil so that when you set the bottom of the root ball down on the soil, the top of the root ball will be even with the final level of the soil.
Fourth step: start to place the tree in the pot. If you received your citrus tree in burlap, place the tree directly in the container, and then cut away the burlap from around the roots. If you received a bare root tree, build up a small mound (about 4-6 inches) of soil in the middle of the container before placing the tree roots on top of it. Spread the roots out over the mound.
Fifth step: Fill the rest of the container with soil. You will need to gently pack the soil around the roots of the tree. To prevent any air pockets you will need to pack while watering. Make sure to add soil until the entire root ball is covered. The goal is to cover up to the point were the roots meet the trunk of the tree.
Sixth step: Add fertilizer to the soil. Use a time released 8-4-8 fertilizer for citrus trees. We recommend using a slow-releasing fertilizer that only needs to be added once a year.
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