Thursday, 3 February 2011
Its growth had been exceptionally strong this last year.
These plants are very hungry and need a huge amount of fertiliser in the sterile soil. Full strength at least once a week.
Its been planted into quite a large pot. I'm using biosorb and pine bark. about 4:1 mix ratio. There is a 1.5cm drainage of layer of coarse soil.
After 2 weeks the tree is looking greener then before it was potted. It seems quite happy with the new pot.
The plant is now in a totally inert pH neutral soil. I have a new fertiliser regimen planned and i hope for very strong growth this year. That trunk is still way too skinny.
PS - a few days later
In most respects this calamondon behaves like a kumquat. So it appreciates a deeper pot as the roots like to go deep - similar to pomegranate with the deep pots and heavy feeding requirements. They seem to be less PH sensitive than pomegranate though. I have potted it over a very generous drainage layer of course soil particles. 3 weeks after repotting and it is back budding vigorously.