When to transplant grapefruit seedlings?

edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)March 21, 2012

I have several grapefruit seedlings in Jiffy mix in cells 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" deep. The seedlings are approx. 2" high. I have the gritty mix ingredients available locally. When should I transplant them into the gritty mix? Should I bareroot them? What size pot? Thanks in advance.

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calistoga_al

I prefer to transplant out of a seed mix as early as possible, so I would go ahead now. I don't think you will have enough mix clinging to the roots to make any difference, so would not try and remove it and risk damaging delicate roots. Al

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:34AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Thanks Al. So what size pot would you start with? Thanks. Ed

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:56AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I'd go up to a 4-inch pot at least.
Citrus grow in spurts, and it's best if you re-pot between flushes of Spring growth.
So if leaves are clearly developing, wait until they've matured....then re-pot.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:36AM
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calistoga_al

One advantage of using the gritty mix as you suggested, it will allow you to go to a larger pot without mix staying too wet even with a very small plant. If you have the room, I would jump right into the gallon size. Al

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:48PM
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