Tropicals forum: Citrus in Pots: Meyer Lemon and Kaffir Lime

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Celene
May 23, 2015 7:35 PM CST
I just purchased a Meyer Lemon and a Kaffir Lime growing in 1 gallon pots. Any wisdom on how to keep them alive and growing in z6? I know they'll have to come inside for winter, but potting soil? Clay vs. plastic pots? How the heck to keep spider mites and scale at bay?

TIA!

Celene
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
May 23, 2015 8:57 PM CST
10 gal. plastic pot, preferably on a dolly so you can move them more easily. Not fussy about soil, but feed with citrus food. As much sun as you can give them. Mites aren't a huge problem here, but Mealy bugs and scale are. Keep ants off of them, and if you can stay on top, Alcohol wipes or q-tips will kill them. If they get ahead of you there are many pesticides on the market, as well as insecticidal soap that list them. Whatever you use change it every fourth time so they don't build up a resistance. I would avoid any systemic, as these are food and bee crops. I hope you have some south facing windows, or sun room for the winter months.
Good luck!
(Zone 6a)
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Celene
May 24, 2015 2:45 AM CST
I have west windows in my spare bedroom, supplemented by gro-lites, it's where I overwinter a couple other plants. Do you think that'll be okay??

I will do my best to keep ahead of the pests. Ugh.

Thank you!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
May 24, 2015 2:02 PM CST
I have no idea how they will do indoors.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
May 24, 2015 2:13 PM CST
You might want to try hydroponic lights. I have a store in my area, Roots hydro organics that sells lights. Critis is a light hungry group of plants but so is bird of paradise and those for me do quite well. I just keep the orange not the white that way it don't outgrow my facities.
(Zone 6a)
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Celene
May 24, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Mine are reptile lights, which have thus far worked for me, but I'm getting hydroponic lights, I'm swapping two 48" fixtures for baked goods.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 25, 2015 6:41 AM CST
Celene, I have switched from T-8 lights to T-5H lights. These T-5H lights (6 tubes/fixture) produce extremely bright light, about 4X what the T-8 fixtures produced. They are so bright that I had to move them a minimum of 2' away from my cattleya orchids, and cattleya love bright light. The lights were actually producing "sunburn" on some of my cattleya! They will/should give you plenty of lumens to keep your citrus going.
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Celene
May 25, 2015 6:45 AM CST
They ones I'm bartering are T-5's. Any thoughts on LED? Gesneriads do well, and I've had some succulents do pretty well, but citrus need a lot of sun.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 25, 2015 6:53 AM CST
LED's are very expensive and if they are low wattage ones (the vast majority), they simply don't produce many lumens. You can purchase LED fixtures made for commercial greenhouse growing, but they run into the hundreds and some into the thousands of dollars. I have been disappointed in both the lumen output and the longevity of my LED's.

Oh, by the way. The T-5's, though producing more lumens than a comparative T-8, is nowhere near as strong as the T-5H tubes. Try to find those high intensity tubes. The fixture will be the same (I think that's right).
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(Zone 6a)
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Celene
May 25, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Thank you!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 25, 2015 7:46 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Hibiscus Sempervivums Sedums Dragonflies
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orchidgal
May 25, 2015 9:57 PM CST
I guess I shouldn't complain about the Florida sun (and heat) again. My Meyer lemon tree is looking healthy and there's a lot of fruit growing. The key lime and Persian lime (in two separate huge pots) are also doing well.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 1, 2015 7:30 AM CST
I wish I lived in a warmer climate.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jun 1, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Tell me about it! Sighing!
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