I have a small kumquat tree in a small pot. This is the third year I've had
it and it's in the original pot I bought it in. I kept it in the small pot
because I over wintered it inside and didn't have a lot of space. Now, it's
outside and growing putting on new branches and leaves. Is it too late in
the season to re-pot it, now? How much bigger of a pot can I put it in? I
have one that would be about 2 sizes bigger, and another pot that would fit
it probably for quite a while that's much bigger. Is it OK to put it
directly into the biggest pot, or should I go up in pot size gradually?
All the instructions about replanting when trees are dormant assumes you
don't want the shock of root disturbance during the growing season. As long
as you don't disturb the roots it doesn't matter much when you do it. You
will need to push the new soil around the old root ball firmly and water it
in. I would go for the biggest pot you have. If anybody has a reason to
increase the size of pot in stages please explain how this is beneficial.
On Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:45:04 +1000, "David Hare-Scott"
Many small citrus trees are mighty hardy, actually. I transplanted one
(Meyer lemon) a couple of months ago as ants had gotten into the pot
and I didn't want them there. I basically soaked every drop of soil
off the rootball and re-potted it. It is fruiting now, not two months
I have had equal success with a keffir lime transplant, again, taken
down to the bare root. It came through like a champ, too, although it
has never fruited ever. I grow it for the leaves, anyway..
My kumquat was purchased in full bud, but I transplanted it when I got
it 6 weeks ago. It is covered with fruits now. I also transplanted a
calamondin and a Bearss lime within a day or so of purchase last
month. All are well and even thriving.
Potted brown figs, too, are strikingly resiliant and seem to thrive
when pulled out, half the roots cut back then repotted. Mine surviced
that from April and is now covered with fruit. The Texas fig will get
the same treatment next spring.
Use the largest pot you can move. Make sure your potting mix has
excellent drainage; poor drainage is fatal for all citrus. See my
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_potting_mix.html for a
do-it-yourself potting mix that is perfect for citrus.
Kumquats bloom twice in the summer, about a month between the bloom
periods. The fruit ripens in the winter and needs a little chill to get
the best color.
Of all citrus, kumquats are the most hardy. See the second paragraph at
Thanks David, and Boron, and Brooklyn, (and anyone I forgot to include) for
all of your advice. The holiday week end kept me
busy and I hadn't had time to even read the ngs until now.
I did take a chance when I finally had some free time to re-port the Kumquat
and I put it in the bigger pot that I had, used good soil that drains well,
and I pushed it down snug to the old root ball, too. Then I watered it
well, and put it in a nice sunny spot in the garden. I think I can even see
how much happier the plant actually is! (If a plant can smile!) Crossing
my fingers hoping it'll bloom and fruit this summer. It's growing new
branches and leave already, so I'm hoping it'll be happy in it's new pot for
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