Re-potting Kaffir Lime tree

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Re-potting Kaffir Lime tree

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Post: # 45521Unread post pepperhead212
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:38 pm

A.K.A. Makrut lime, this, and my other indoor plants all seemed to need re-potting this year; I thought it had been 3 years, but it was only 2 years, I found out on another forum. Today, I didn't finish my SIPs, due to the wind - would have blown the covers away, as I would be trying to cover them. Plus, making the soil mix would not have been easy, with the perlite and vermiculite blowing all over. I already had the mix made up for re-potting the kaffir lime trees, so I did the smaller one today. It was definitely rootbound, with some roots growing upwards, into the mulch. This soil mix I made with 2/3 peat, and 1/3 coir, plus some perlite, a little less vermiculite, some granular diatomaceous earth, some DE powder, for the upper few inches, plus some mycorrhizae powder, to inoculate it. The lime tree was put outside a couple of weeks ago, when I trimmed it considerably, brought indoors the last couple of nights, due to the cold, and I trimmed it even more. Looks a little scraggly, because I trimmed all the branches I had to, that were growing on top of each other. It will recover quickly, as always, and I had already seen several areas of new growth, triggered by the first trimming.

This tree is around 10 years old, or a little older. The larger one (which I still need to re-pot) is 20 years old.
ImageThe rootbound kaffir lime tree, showing the roots that had grown up, into the mulching medium. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

A couple of the leaves are showing a little sunburn, since putting it outside a couple of weeks ago, but nothing serious.
ImageKaffir lime tree, finished with the Re-potting. 4-23 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:00 am

I am going to be re-potting my Valencia Orange this upcoming week. Waiting for this last cold snap to pass. Thanks for the photos. They were helpful.
I have a Calamondin Orange that got too dry down in the greenhouse this winter and dropped all its leaves. The stem is still green, so I gave it a good pruning. Do you think it would benefit from re-potting? It has still not put out any leaves and it has been 3 weeks.
Thanks!
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:04 pm

@friedgreen51 You say it's stem is still green, so I assume that it's not very old? What size is it, and what size pot is it in? I can't remember these things ever dropping even half their leaves - that must have been incredibly dry! Hopefully, it's still salvageable. Check the roots in the pot, to see if it is rootbound; that's how I could tell these needed re-potted - even after soaking, they dry out fast. Mine needed a severe root pruning, but I wouldn't do that with all those leaves gone - you want the roots to help feed it, for the leaves to hopefully start coming back. Maybe just loosen up the roots some, if it's rootbound, and put it in a larger pot; if not rootbound, maybe still re-pot to a larger pot. Good luck!
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 3:58 pm

Some wicked thorns on those guys!
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:15 pm

You're right, @PlainJane - these things have the worst thorns of any plant I have ever seen! When getting ready to move, or re-pot these, I do a "pruning" of the thorns, and snip the tips of the ones I will be most likely to contact!
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Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:00 pm

pepperhead212 wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:04 pm
@friedgreen51 You say it's stem is still green, so I assume that it's not very old? What size is it, and what size pot is it in? I can't remember these things ever dropping even half their leaves - that must have been incredibly dry! Hopefully, it's still salvageable. Check the roots in the pot, to see if it is rootbound; that's how I could tell these needed re-potted - even after soaking, they dry out fast. Mine needed a severe root pruning, but I wouldn't do that with all those leaves gone - you want the roots to help feed it, for the leaves to hopefully start coming back. Maybe just loosen up the roots some, if it's rootbound, and put it in a larger pot; if not rootbound, maybe still re-pot to a larger pot. Good luck!
Thanks. I will pull it out of the pot and check the roots. It is a 10 year old tree. When I said the stem was still green I meant under the bark. The thickest part of the trunk is probably as thick as skinny broom handle.
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Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:54 pm

pepperhead212 wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:15 pm
You're right, @PlainJane - these things have the worst thorns of any plant I have ever seen! When getting ready to move, or re-pot these, I do a "pruning" of the thorns, and snip the tips of the ones I will be most likely to contact!
Lol, now I don’t feel bad for snipping the thorns off my lemon and lime trees!
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