The Q&A Archives: Planting Flowers Under Citrus

Question: I am intrigued by your "Traditional tuscan citrus" plan. I purchased my Improved Meyer Lemon and a wooden container, and I would like to plant the recommended Johnson's Blue and the Gold Coin Daisy in the container as well. However, the gentleman at the nursery indicated that planting flowers in the container would compromise the lemon. Could you please set me straight? Thank you.

Answer: A concern might be the competition for moisture and nutrients between the tree roots and the roots of the perennials. If you tend your container garden regularly, feeding and watering as needed, everything should be just fine. Citrus trees like moist soil - don't let it become too dry, but don't over-water, either. When the top inch or so dries out, water thoroughly until water drips from the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Enjoy your new container garden!

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