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How to repot the lemon: instructions on the right soil, the best time and advice to avoid mistakes. When to repot the lemon.
For therepotting lemonit is necessary to follow the same rules seen for repotting citrus fruits but in this guide we will be even more detailed.
Grow lemon in pots
Thelemonis a plant that adapts well tocultivation in pots. It can be placed in a sunny place in the garden and, who lives in the center-north, can cultivate it close to the perimeter walls of the house so as to keep it partially sheltered. Thelemon, in fact, it needs a typically Mediterranean climate, with mild winters. Thermal shocks or errors in therepottingthey can cause a sudden and rapid oneleaf fall(to know more:because the lemon loses its leaves).
Therecultivation of lemon in potshas many advantages: even a small tree, if well kept, can give many fruits ... not to mention the fragrant blooms, with those small white flowers with fleshy petals!
At the time ofrepotting, choose a good container: thelemonyou cancultivatein earthenware or terracotta pots, which make the plant more stable and allow better transpiration of the root system. Plastic is a material to consider, however choosing an earthenware (or earthenware) pot is recommended. Those who live in the north and need to move the plant, can prepare a small trolley with wheels and place the pot on it so as to make ittransportable.
The main advantage of thecultivation of lemon in potsit is just that: the pot can be moved to a sheltered position in winter, making cultivation possible even in the north. Another advantage lies in the possibility of growing lemon on a balcony or terrace (after checking the load capacity of the soil).
Among the disadvantages is therenewal of the soilwhich for plants in the development phase must necessarily take place with therepotting, later on, however, it is possible to replace the first layers of soil without carrying out therepottingperiodic.
When to repot the lemon
Therepotting, for a growing plant, it must happen every year or at most, if the plant shows a slow development, it can happen every 2 years.
Theperiodbest forrepotting the lemonfalls in spring, in this way the plant will have the vegetative phase to promote root growth and colonize the new space available to it. Repotting can also be done in autumn, but the recommended period is spring.
When thelemonwill be an adult we must stop allrepottingand simply perform the renewal of the soil. Indicatively the plant will take hisjardefinitive after 8 - 9 years from the beginning of its cultivation. An adult plant grown in pot will have an approximate height of 120 - 140 cm. When the plant is adult and well developed, it will only be necessary to remove the first 10 - 15 cm of soil and replace it with fresh soil. If the plant continues to grow its foliage, arepottingbut in these cases it will be enoughrepot the lemonevery 4 - 5 years (adult plants grow much slower).
How to repot lemon
Therepottingit is done by completely replacing the soil and taking ajarslightly larger. It is useless to choose an excessively larger pot: to choose the size of the pot you will have to observe the foliage of the plant, the diameter of the pot should only be slightly less than the projection of the canopy.
The tonnage of the plant and the weight of the earthenware pot make the operation ofrepotting lemonquite challenging. In some circumstances, the help of a second person may be required to tilt the pot and allow the plant to be extracted.
To facilitate the extraction of the plant with the earthen bread, perform copious and abundant irrigation: the water-saturated soil is heavier but also easier to detach from the edges of the terracotta pot. If the pot is made of plastic, detaching the ground bread will be easier.
1) Make sure the soil isn't sticking to the plant's walls and take it out of its old pot.
Once the plant has been extracted, check the condition of the roots.
2) Remove any soil that is not anchored to the roots and remove any rotten roots. Trim all roots by 10% of their length.
When removing the soil that does not adhere to the roots and during pruning, eliminate any snail or ants nests.
3) Prepare the new pot by arranging 3 - 4 cm of gravel or expanded clay and the new citrus soil (specific).
4) Place the plant in the new pot and bring the soil to level by adding fresh citrus-specific soil.
The specific soil for lemons is easy to find on the market, is characterized by a slightly acidic pH and already provides the basic microelements necessary for the growth of citrus fruits. Where to buy lemon compost? At garden centers, nurseries, agricultural consortia or by taking advantage of online purchases: on “this Amazon page” you will notice a large choice of specific soil for lemons, even at excellent prices.
How to fertilize lemon
In any period of growth of the potted lemon plant, they are necessaryfertilizations. At the time of repotting it is possible to fertilize the plant by adding slow-release fertilizer to the soil, in spring it is advisable to fertilize the lemon with ground lupine.