Baby lemon tree
annegaelle1998 Posts: 66
in Fruit & veg
Hi everyone I have 2 small lemon tree I was wondering what kind of soil should I use and should I transfer them to a bigger pot because I can see the roots shooting ?? Should I start using fertilizer ?? If yes what kind ??? Thank you
If the roots are beginning to peep out of the bottom, then re potting into something slightly larger would be beneficial.
However, as we are coming towards the end of the year, don't repot into anything which allows more than an inch or two of soil at the base or around the sides. This may mean that you have to re pot again but better that than letting delicate roots sit in cold claggy soil. None of us like to sit surrounded by damp
Like most trees, they aren't really House Plants altho I'm assuming that is going to be the only way you can keep it alive over winter. Outside when you can is always preferable.
If you think where in the world Citrus usually grow, it will give you some idea of the sort of conditions you would need to replicate as best you can.
With regard to the watering, under watering rather than overwatering is safest during the winter.
Your little plant looks nice and healthy from your photo so best of luck in growing it on
A seed-grown plant will not fruit for years.
They like an acid soil, so John Innes is not the best. Your Canadian nurseries will know all this. They like lots of Nitrogen all year round, specialist products will be available. They like lots of sun and daylight, so get them out of the warm and half-light as soon as possible. They can take a little UK cold, but don't enjoy it. Possibly as little as zero water in a Canadian winter, but they might drop a few leaves.
Good luck. But you might still have to buy lemons for some time.
"Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Decent JI is perfectly acceptable but again, if it isn't available in Canada, it limits the choice. Soil based is always preferable to MPC and you add what is necessary.
If you read all the posts above, you will note that outside in a Canadian winter is not recommended which is the situation the OP is concerned about at present. You may also note that it is advised to try and replicate as far as possible the natural habitat. That includes the planting medium as well as the climatic conditions.
However, the OP refers to a young plant which will need to be housed indoors over winter - even in the UK where mature plants in some regions can withstand the cold well enough with some protection, a plant that size would need to be kept under cover.
Whilst the OP didn't specify, there is no mention of the plant being grown from a pip but the advice would still remain the same.