Houseplants forum: Dwarf citrus tree in need of rescue

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Utrecht, the Netherlands
Ingeling
Apr 10, 2018 8:46 AM CST
This poor plant was gifted to my workplace, where it stood forgotten in a dark corner forgotten for years. Miraculously it survived, but only barely. I brought it home, and would really love to bring it back to life. Since I do not have any experience with this kind of plant/dwarf tree, I could really use the help! I water it about every two weeks or so, and it has lots of daylight - though no direct sunlight. Should I cut off all the branches all the way back to the stem? Repot it? Give more water? Feed it?

Any thoughts or ideas are very much appreciated!


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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Apr 10, 2018 12:30 PM CST
Miraculous indeed that it survived a dark corner for years! Don't be afraid to give it too much light; the more direct sun the better. Water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. In good light, I would expect that to be weekly. Make sure water doesn't collect in the bottom of the outer pot.

Give it a single shot of fertilizer at half strength, but don't overdo it.

Yes, prune back the bare stems to give it a fuller, more compact appearance.

Keep up the good rescue work! Hurray!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Ingeling
Apr 12, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Yay! I am happy to try and rescue plans, now hopefully they are willing to be rescued by me. I immediately pruned back the bare stems, watered it and gave it some fertiliser. The sun is going to be the tricky part (it's very cloudy and quite rainy here), but I will continue to provide it with as much light as possible. Fingers crossed for some new healthy growth on this baby citrus.. I really appreciate your help Will, thank you!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Apr 12, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Keep us posted from Holland!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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