Those are some serious thorns. I don't have those on mine.
My tree is about 8 Ft tall and about 5 years since transplanting and quite heavily pruned. I also have a feeling mine is a slightly different cultivar from the ones I normally see around, a local park has two fairly large mature trees of these that look a little different than mine.
I've heard that a lot of young citrus have thorns early on to protect them from grazers.
I was going to offer to send anyone some of the fruits but it seems mine have fallen off and the new small fruits are just forming, abut the size of peas now. it seemed before they carried fruit for most of the year, both my Mexican and Persian lime trees next door both have lots of fruit now
Post by pepperhead212 on May 8, 2019 23:11:15 GMT -5
I re-potted the small lime tree today; first time I had used the fabric pots, and was sort of surprised to find that the roots were smaller than when I had used plastic pots, in which some got very thick, and circled the pots. The soil had sort of lost its porosity, despite starting out very porous, with extra perlite added, to help with the drainage. Does perlite degrade? It seemed almost muddy; granted, it had been raining, and it was wet, but normally that would just drain through, and it would squeeze out, like a sponge, but not this time. This is probably why the plant had sort of slowed down, and didn't suddenly get new growth, this last time that I trimmed it severely. The other is about the same, though has gotten a little new growth.
Here's a photo showing what the roots looked like. They definitely didn't get as large as the many times I've re-potted these before. I used a larger fabric pot this time - around 10 gal. I'll have to put a label on this - I don't remember if it had been 3 or 4 years, since I re-potted, but it was the plant that told me to re-pot, not the time, really. Roots and soil from re-potting smaller. kaffir lime tree. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
pepperhead212 , I was curious so looked and found this, it tells why your roots are this way, supposedly a good thing! But I wonder why your tree didn't grow as fast as usual? I had never considered fabric pots before and have never seen them anywhere.
Post by pepperhead212 on May 9, 2019 19:00:48 GMT -5
Mumsey, I had heard about that "self pruning" aspect of the fabric pots, but I was dubious, as I usually am of things like that. But it seems to have worked as advertised! The plants grew well, until the end of the winter, so I figured they needed re-potting. I'm waiting to see if it starts growing, which they normally do fairly quickly after re-potting, until I re-pot the other plant. Usually, as soon as they are put outside in spring, there is new growth all over, but not this time, on these or the curry tree.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 23, 2021 23:07:23 GMT -5
Today, I re-potted that small kaffir lime tree - I thought it had been 3 years, until I saw this thread again, and found out it had been only 2 years. However, I could tell that all of these indoor plants needed re-potting, as they had the signs - dried out fast, and didn't really absorb as much when watered, plus they were dropping some leaves.
Today, even though it was 63° out there when I started working, I had to come back in and put a long sleeved shirt on - that wind just won't let up! 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. The rootbound kaffir lime tree, showing the roots that had grown up, into the mulching medium. by pepperhead212, on Flickr