Sunday, March 20, 2011
Sunbathing in March (I wish)
It wasn't exactly sunbathing weather this weekend but at least we're seeing highs in the upper forties again. Now is when I usually start doing the daily dance of bringing my citrus trees outside in the morning and back in when the sun sets unless the forecast is extraordinarily cold or windy. Citrus trees are generally hardy down to 32 degrees F and in my opinion, the added sun they get from being outside during the day outweighs the warmth they get inside. Spending the winter indoors zaps them of their strength and by early spring, they are starving for more sunlight. Maybe in a couple of weeks, I'll be able to keep them in the hoop house until late May as nighttime temperature are now hovering around freezing under the plastic.
My meyer lemon tree is at the far right - a shadow what it used to be. It lost about 70 percent of its foliage. When I checked the PH of the potting soil, it was off the charts high. I've read that citrus trees prefer soil that is on the acidic side. I pruned the tree back today to encourage new growth and will re-pot it with fresh potting mix and peat moss. Hopefully this will help.