The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Dwarf Lime Tree Outdoors

Question: I have a 1 year old dwarf lime tree which has done very well. I would like to transplant it into my yard. I live in South Texas along the Gulf Coast Zone 9 almost Zone 10. The climate is semi-tropical, we do have a few cold fronts which last a couple of days to about 2 weeks in the winter where the lowest temperature is in the high 30's and the summer can be quite hot 90's and above. We have sandy soil, good drainage and lots of sun. Could I transplant my tree? If I do, what do I add to the soil to help the tree with the shock of transplanting?

Answer: Yes you could transplant the tree outdoors. Now would be a good time to do it. Be ready to give it some protection if the temperature drops to 30 degrees or below.

To prepare the soil you could add a bit of compost to the entire planting bed not just the planting hole. Then dig a hole and plant the tree at the same depth it was growing in the pot, and water it in well. Citrus does best on a slightly mounded planting bed, as this prevents water from standing around the trunk during extended rainy spells.

Good luck with your lime tree!

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