Help repotting Lime Tree

prairiemoon2 z6 MANovember 7, 2012

I have a 'Lime Bearss Seedless' Houseplant needing repotting. I just fertilized it with Seaweed/Fish Emulsion a few days ago. I was hoping someone could advise me on whether I should wait to repot it? Also, what size pot I should use and whether it needs trimming or not?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If it needs repotting badly, I'd pot up into a slightly larger pot for now, until spring, then do a complete repot, maybe in mid-March into a chunky soil that drains very well. I wouldn't do any significant pruning until then, but you might want to tip-prune (pinch) both the main stem and the single branch now, to force some back-budding and get a start on forcing the plant to fill out.

Al

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 7:39AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Al, that's just what I needed to know. I can do that.

I have long admired your potting mix recipes, but in Massachusetts, I've not been able to find the ingredients, in particular the small size bark mulch. I can only find regular bark mulch. So I use my own mix of peat moss, perlite with some home made compost if I have it and if I don't I just do equal amts of perlite and peat moss. Not ideal I know, not sure how to make it better. I wonder if you have any alternate suggestion?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 8:18AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I second Al's recommendations, and I also hope that Meyer Mike sees your post
since he lives in Massachusetts and has been making custom citrus mixes for several years now.
Plenty of materials in Mass.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:29AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Josh. I did make a good effort to find what I needed, but that was about 2 years ago. So if things have changed that will solve my problem.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 10:04AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

What city/town do you live in?

Al

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 2:38PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I am near Arlington/Lexington area in MA.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 7:32PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

For Turface, copy/paste this to your browser, then enter your zip:

https://www.johndeerelandscapes.com/home/locations.aspx

or

Try this & see if any of the listed businesses are close to you:

http://www.turface.com/distributors/state/

For the grit, call around to RURAL feed stores and ask for Gran-I-Grit in grower size, #2 cherrystone, or Manna Pro.

The bark is where you find it. You would probably need to find a suitably sized pine bark product & screen it, unless you're able to find fir bark in 1/8-1/4" size somewhere. Just keep your eyes peeled.

Like Josh mentioned, maybe Mike will be able to offer some additional info about specific sources.

Al

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:06PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I tried that johndeerlandscape, but a search of their product list didn't turn up Turface. I went to the Turface website and there is a nursery near me that comes up.

I do visit an Agway once or twice a year, and I can call and ask them if they have that Gran-I-Grit.

Ok....I'll call those places and see if I can get those two items. And I'll be on the look out for Mike to see if he has some secret source for the bark.

Thanks a LOT!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:28PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Hi Prairiemoon and welcome.

My good friend Al directed me here and quite frankly, I don't know how is missed this one.

I get my ingredients all locally.

The composted bark that is use both in my gritty and 5.1.1 mix is bought at the Agway in Littleton, or Chelmsford. It is Southern Pine Bark and it comes in a blue labeled bag. You have to ask them if they have the small size. Great stuff! You can either use it straight from the bag for the 5.1.1 mix or sift it and use the appropriate size for the gritty mix.

The Grit and Turface I acquire from Dodge Grain in Salem, N.H 603-893-3739

And the fresh uncomposted orchid bark, the perfect size I get from either Tindra's Orchid in Georgetown Ma., or from an orchid supplier in Milford. N.H called Kelly's Corner. I get the bark in big bags for a great price.
Tindra's -978-697-9746 Kelly's Corner- 603-673-9524

I hope this helps you. Great choice using these mix for sure. I wish you all the luck!

Mike:-)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:25AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Ah....Mike that is the Agway I've been to before. Thanks very much for sharing your sources. I may even grow more potted plants if I can make up a good mix for myself.

Thanks Al, Greenman and Mike! :-)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 10:25AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

"May grow more" LOL! As soon as you see how great this mix is, you will end up with a jungle like everyone else! ;-)

I have a cutting I need to get in a pot soon. :-)

Best Wishes!
JoJo

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 10:39AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I wonder if there is a thread on the exact recipe for the mix?

Thanks JoJo...you are probably right! lol

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 5:23PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Oh my goodness Prairi, more than you can count!

Just use the 'search' field above and type in 'Tapla soil' and you will get all you need. Here is a start for you. Just find a spot of time and grab a nice cup of coffee and enjoy.

Jojo!!!:-)

Mike:-)

Don't forget, I live so close to you, that if you get the ingredients, I could always visit or you me and I could show you how to make it.

Here is a link that might be useful: A soil discussion

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 6:44PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

I'm so jealous! When are you gonna visit me. ;-)

Hi Prairiemoon...
Mike would be great help if you need it! I keep trying to talk him into moving to Tucson, I have plenty to keep him busy. lol...

JoJo

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 6:56PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Nice!

Mike to the rescue! Great show, buddy ;-)

Good luck, Prairie!

Josh

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:44PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Mike...what a generous offer to help, thanks so much!!

I'll let you know how things work out. Thanks for that link to the soil discussion. Now that gardening season is just about finished outdoors, there's more time to pay attention to the indoor plants.

Gee, Tucson to MA......the internet certainly brings people closer.

Thanks Josh and JoJo. :-)

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 9:56AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Yes, the internet can bring people closer. :-) Mike was the first friend I made here at Garden Web.

Then he introduced me to Josh and Al. ;-)
Hi Guys!

your in good hands here, and I know will get all the help you need and can pretty much bet you'll make friends here too. ;-)

JoJo

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 8:12PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Hi Mike, I just finally found this thread that I was looking for today. I am ready to make some of AlâÂÂs mix for my outdoor containers this year and I couldnâÂÂt remember where you told me to look for the Pine Bark Fines. I tried posting over on the Containers forum and I searched for my thread there and nothing came up. It just occurred to me that I posted on this forum asking about the Pine Bark Fines. [g]

Now I remember that I did find Dodge Grain in Salem last year but I forgot to ask them about the Grit and Turface, I guess I was looking for something else at the time.

Gee it only took me a year and a half to get back to looking for these ingredients. lol

Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 8:14PM
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belmonter

Hi Prairiemoon - were you able to find the pine bark fines in Mass?
thanks

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 12:39PM
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