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LSURoss
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Growing a satsuma tree

Went and bought a satsuma tree Saturday and looking for any tips. Kinda bought it on a whim and didn't think about it very much.
I transplanted it to a large pot and put some fruit tree food and watered it.

Any other tips in keeping this thing alive? I know I need to move it inside if it freezes.

TIA!!




braindeadboxer
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Plant on the south side of a building, not out in the complete opening. I've yet to see one planted out in the wide open thrive. Once the fear of a frost is gone, plant it. Treat like another tree, it will live.


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jsb29
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Keep it in the pot until march. That is like wrapping a baby up tight and putting it in the crib, it just feels good to them, and you're more likely to nurture it while it's in the pot. If you have a south side yard, plant it there when you do plant it.

Disclaimer: I don't have any fruit-bearing satsumas but my uncle makes the best ones I've ever had. That's what he told me for the ones I'm gonna plant this spring.


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Capt ST
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That's pretty much it and once you get it established in the ground they are almost carefree. I do know bonus s knocks their dick in the dirt, so make sure you limit the use around them.


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bootlegger
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re: Growing a satsuma tree
They need a balanced fertilizer: 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 work well.


jsb29
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Forgot that part. He said he'd whoop me if he caught me putting anything other than Triple 13 on them.


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LSURoss
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re: Growing a satsuma tree
Not sure what that all means, but I'll look it up. I did buy this stuff though and put a pound, per recommendation, when I put new soil and mulch


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That stuff is fine. They will take about anything but triple 13 is a safe bet on anything too. Cheap and it will use what it wants more of. If you leave it in a pot, be sure and bring it in on solid freezes. Takes a good bit to get one planted in the ground, like below freezing for 6-8 hrs, but one above ground in a pot is more vulerable. Not sure where you are but if I remember correctly you are in shreveport. If so, I would keep it in a pot, but if your down south it will be fine outside. I dont buy into the south side of the house thing, but I will throw something over mine if its going to get real cold. If you cover, uncover before it gets too warm the next day, especially if covered with plastic, or it will hurt them worse than the cold. But hey, what do I know about plants.

ETA: I see you are from s'port, so I would stick with the pot. If it starts getting too big, just cut it back about 1/3 of the tree size as soon as the fruit comes off.
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LSURoss
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Thanks, good info.


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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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But hey, what do I know about plants


Hmmmm, not much.


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Teyeger
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re: Growing a satsuma tree
Some tips I was given from a friends dad that has about 30 trees.

Plant it on the southside of a building to protect from north winds.
Satsumas dont need much fertilizer at all. He actually told me not to use any at all.
If its going to get really cold then pile a mound of dirt up over the graph area of the stem. Then remove it when the threat is gone.




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Once you plant it in the ground knock the buds or any fruit off it for the first year. The fruit will absorb all the nutrients that the tree needs to establish itself. Some peple say to do this for 2 years.


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Langston
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Satsumas dont need much fertilizer at all. He actually told me not to use any at all.


Very likely, depending on the soil you have. Never hurts to give them a little in the begining before the roots get established though. The bark they come in needs it.

ETA: A lot of people do more harm than good by over fertilizing.

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If its going to get really cold then pile a mound of dirt up over the graph area of the stem. Then remove it when the threat is gone

Not a bad suggestion. Pine straw would be good too, just any insulation. Its the trunks that are full of water and are most likely to bust if they freeze.
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