Repot/Root Pruning Dwarf Lime - Timing
I should start out by saying that I am a novice at every gardening level. A friend of mine has begun growing dwarf citrus trees in containers and started enlightening me to how bad I have treated our dwarf lime.
7 years ago I gave my girlfriend a dwarf lime in a square concrete pot. 300mm (12 inches) by 300mm (12 inches) wide and 500mm (20 inches) tall. It has been in the same potting mix the entire 7 years.
Now that I know how bad this is for the tree I want to repot and root prune it. I have bought a half wine barrel, drilled for drainage and the ingredients for Al's 5 1 1 mix.
I have read that the best time to repot and root prune citrus trees is Spring. It is currently halfway through Autumn in New Zealand. The tree has a lot of limes on it, we have had maybe 5 limes off the tree the others are not ready. My priority is to do the right thing for the tree, I don't mind losing the crop of limes.
I would love some advice on my best course of action. Do I need to wait till Spring or can I repot and root prune now? If now would it best to remove the fruit?
Thanks in advance for any help or comments.
This post was edited by WineBarrelNZ on Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 20:14