Potted Lime Tree Care Guide
The following information will help you care for your potted lime tree. You may want to read it before starting any container gardening project with your own potted lime tree.
Citrus trees are very sensitive plants and need extra attention when they’re grown in containers. They require regular watering, but not too much! If the soil becomes dry or soggy, the plant may die from lack of water.
Also, keep the soil evenly moist at all times.
You’ll probably have to do some trimming if you decide to grow your potted lime tree in a small space like a balcony or patio. However, don’t worry too much about cutting back the leaves because they won’t fall off anyway. When it comes time to prune them, just cut them back until they look good again.
When it comes to fertilizing your potted lime tree, use a balanced fertilizer made specifically for citrus trees. Avoid using liquid fertilizers since they tend to leach chemicals into the soil and cause problems later on. Instead, mix equal parts of organic manure (available at most garden centers) and peat moss in water.
Let the mixture sit for several days then apply it directly to the soil around the base of your potted lime tree. Don’t use this mixture during the winter months when the tree is dormant.
When it comes time to repot your potted lime tree, you must do it very carefully. Use a pot with drainage holes to avoid root rot. Also, make sure the container is no larger than three times the size of the root ball or the roots will have trouble growing into the new soil.
Finally, use a soil mixture made up of equal parts peat moss, potting soil and sand. Avoid using topsoil since it contains weed seeds that will sprout and make your potted lime tree difficult to transplant later.
As your potted lime tree grows, you may have to train its limbs into position. This is called “layering” and, while time consuming, is very important if you want your tree to be aesthetically pleasing. Don’t do it too often though because the tree needs time to produce strong wood for new growth.
One thing to keep in mind is that potted lime trees are subject to a wide variety of pests and diseases, so make sure you treat your tree on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to quarantine any new plants you bring into your home before introducing them to your potted lime tree.
Finally, potted lime trees can be grown in a wide range of different containers. You don’t have to stick with pots either! Teacups, wine glasses and small garden containers are just a few examples of things that can be used.
Whatever you decide to use, it should only be half-filled with soil so that the roots can easily grow into it.
So there you have it – everything you need to know about growing potted lime trees in containers. With a little tender loving care, you should have no problems with your new potted lime tree!