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Shizuoka, Japan (Zone 9b)
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AshleyD
Oct 22, 2017 1:05 AM CST
So now that my tree has mostly recovered and it is cooler, I was thinking it would be a good time to re-pot it and it seems that the tree is also ready for a new pot if the roots poking out the end is any indication (and the two leaves turning slightly yellow).

I have a couple questions:

1- What type of pot should I aim for
2- What soil is best for a potted orange tree
3- anything I ought to do to make it easier on my plant as it adjusts to the change?

Thanks so much!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 22, 2017 5:09 PM CST
Ideal Pot size: Between 7 and 10 gallons. Make sure the pot has really good drainage. Those Japanese pots that have huge holes are great but cover the holes with screen. Smiling

Soil: Use something formulated for cactus or bonsai. Fast draining.

Fertilize with plant food formulated for citrus.

Wait to repot until your tree has gone dormant but do it before it starts to bloom late winter.





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Shizuoka, Japan (Zone 9b)
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AshleyD
Oct 22, 2017 5:36 PM CST
DaisyI said:Ideal Pot size: Between 7 and 10 gallons. Make sure the pot has really good drainage. Those Japanese pots that have huge holes are great but cover the holes with screen. Smiling

Soil: Use something formulated for cactus or bonsai. Fast draining.

Fertilize with plant food formulated for citrus.

Wait to repot until your tree has gone dormant but do it before it starts to bloom late winter.



Thank you for your post! I should be able to get a good pot for the little guy. And I'll be sure to get good soil. I am a bit concerned about the dormancy. It looks like it has been dormant (no new growth). But typically December- Jan is when these produce fruit. Does that mean I should still re-pot? Or hold off since it will begin?

I haven't seen any indication that it will blossom though. I am guessing that it needs more nutrients and all hence bigger pot and fertilizer.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 22, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Can you post a photo of what it looks like now?
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AshleyD
Oct 27, 2017 8:34 PM CST
DaisyI said:Can you post a photo of what it looks like now?


Ahhhh I got the pot today but I have some pics if you need closer ones let me know. Apparently they were supposed to flower a couple months ago so I’m guessing it is just recovering from the almost death it had. So maybe it will flower next spring?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 27, 2017 8:52 PM CST
It looks really good!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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AshleyD
Oct 27, 2017 9:20 PM CST
DaisyI said:It looks really good!


Yay thank you! Your advice really helped and made it easier when I went to the store to get what I needed. Thanks so much!

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