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TheDude854
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Citrus trees
When I planted some citrus trees, I stupidly didn’t dig a hole twice as wide as the pot they were in. There was maybe an inch or less wiggle room. I’m worried that they’re not gonna grow well. Is there anything I can do at this point?


gumbo2176
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re: Citrus trees
I think it would depend on how long you've had them in the ground. If freshly planted then I'd dig out from the soil that wasn't dug in the first place and back fill that with good garden soil and then water it in good.

If it's been in the ground a good while, then you take the chance of cutting roots that may have grown out from the initial planting.

I think once it takes, it will be fine unless you have some serious clay soil to begin with and your ground is hard and dense as hell.


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cgrand
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re: Citrus trees
I always plant them in a raised pile...dig down a foot or so, amend the soil, plop the root ball on top, then pile good dirt well amended all around it so that the top of the roof ball is about 8-12” high. Usually I’ll border the pile with firewood or logs or similar.

over time the elevation difference will work it’s way out and the roots will do their thing. it gives the young plan plenty of good soil to work with, makes it easier to water and fertilize, and gives you good drainage.


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boudinman
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re: Citrus trees
Leave them be. Get some 5 gal buckets and drill one 9/64th hole on the side near the bottom of the bucket. Place the bucket with the hole towards the base of the trees. Fill with water every 4-5 days. It will slowly water them(5gal), and keep the soil soft for growing/establishing roots. I did this with my Satsuma trees.

Most citrus trees will work to establish a root system for a couple years before producing fruit. At least my Satsumas did.


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Tigerlaff
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re: Citrus trees
Type and age of tree? How long had it been in the pot?


BIG Texan
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re: Citrus trees
It's been m experience to not back fill with anything except the soil that came out of the hole. Mulch on top. If you don't it's like you are planting in a pot that doesn't drain.

My neighbor killed four trees by not doing this.


CrawDude
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re: Citrus trees
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It's been m experience to not back fill with anything except the soil that came out of the hole. Mulch on top. If you don't it's like you are planting in a pot that doesn't drain.


This - and it is the procedure that land-grant university Cooperative extension service personnel recommend. Also a good idea to plant to a depth where the top of the root ball projects several inches above grade in poorly draining, heavy clay soils.


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TheDude854
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re: Citrus trees
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Type and age of tree? How long had it been in the pot?


Satsumas. 2 years in the pot; they’ve been in the ground for 3 years.


cgrand
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re: Citrus trees
if they’ve been in the ground three years you got what you got at this point. digging them up now would set you back several years


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