New Guy...Old Questions
So you can imagine my surprise and horror when I found this forum on how to transplant from one pot to another, not ever realizing that I've been sabotaging my own success for healthy/happy vegetable plants for so long. I apologize for the following questions that have been asked in one way or another ad nauseum. I appreciate your forbearance and any responses that would simplify my search for all my answers.
I recently purchased a 3 gallon meyer's lemon tree and would like to increase the pot size.
So, from tapla's posts and many other searches, it appears for the longer term, outside application, the gritty mix is the way to go. Understand the gritty mix recipe, like many, locating the granite has been my toughest challenge. Also, if i am using Azomite (rock dust) as a fertilizer, do i still need the lime?
Second, i was thinking of upgrading the lemon tree to a half cut whiskey barrel? Too big of a graduation? Any concerns there with the gritty mix? For a citrus, do i need to bare root completely?
Third, i live in zone 10 (Florida East Coast or Space Coast, as we call it) and was wondering if there are any concerns with the brutal heat and watering maintenance. Will i need to increase watering frequency?
And last, I ashamedly admit I recently planted some tomatoes and peppers plants in clay pots using the ignoramus method of lining bottom with screen and then a layer of pea gravel (like i said earlier, mortified), now i'm wondering if a) I'm too late to remove and re-do pots correctly? b) Or is there any recourse to make it through this season?
I'll keep doing searches to find more answers and understand this "new" method for container growing.I am excited to see the results.