Soil Type For Key Lime Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Hayden, ID
Question by Tuckhetz
March 20, 1999
I have some small Key lime trees that need to be transplanted and I cannot remember what the soil mix should be. I know that it is suppose to be a sandy soil but don't know what the ratio is. Please help.


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Answer from NGA
March 20, 1999

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Key limes are not that picky about their soil mix. It should drain well and yet hold some moisture. If you are going to plant them in containers, I would suggest a mix of equal portions of sand and compost. If they will be planted in the ground, go with the soil from the site where they will be growing. If you want you can mix some compost in a large area (10 foot indiameter) prior to digging the hole and planting the trees. But don't just amend the soil in the planting hole.

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