Citrus trees fertilizer and soil?
I have a key lime and a improved dwarf meyer lemon. Would standard miracle gro potting mix and fertilizer be best, or would miracle gro orchid potting mix and meracid fertilizer (For acid loving plants) be best. Or does it really even matter that much. Standard miracle gro fertilizer is 24-8-16 and miracid is 30-10-10
1. Fertilizing Citrus Trees
When providing nutrition to your citrus trees, it is important to consider both the specific mineral needs of the plant, and soil conditions that affect a plant's ...
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If this is not the info you need, you might consider going to the local plant nursery and ask the pros there. Be sure it is planted in the proper location and look at it from 20 years in the future. They need plenty of air space, drainage and room to grow to their potential.
The numbers on the bags stand for the amounts of the proper % of nutrient ingredients of the important additives as they are listed for proper growth. Hope this help out hon. Good luck! Donna
2. As you've a couple of plants, I'd recommend that you get a fertilizer for Citrus plants, that contains all the major nutrients, as well as the micro-nutrients that citrus need.
The chemical mix in Miracle Gro and other fertilizers highlights the N (Nitrogen) P (Phosphorus) and K (Potassium) ratio that they contain. They mainly are responsible for:
N - Nitrogen - green growth
P -Phosphorus - root growth
K -Potassium - flowering
When you see high N, as with these miracle gro mixes, it indicates an encouragement for your plants to produce plenty of green growth. When you want them to flower more, look for a fertilizer mix that's higher in K - the Potassium. Neither of these mixes is 'deficient' in Potassium, it's just that it's loaded more towards greener growth.
However, I'd encourage you to look for a Citrus plant food, as this will be really balanced in favour of citrus plants. But, don't worry, you'll generally be fine with standard fertilizers - as you say - 'does it really even matter that much', no not that much, but you're likely to have the edge with a citrus plant fertilizer.
Overall, be wary of the salts that can build up in the soils from artificial fertilizers. It's good to wash them through with water every now and again. Alternatively, look for organic fertilizers, such as seaweed extract fertilizers, as a balance to the salt based products (the artificial ones). If you make compost, you can also produce a 'tea' from it, which is produced by steeping some of the decayed compost in water for a few hours, which will leach some of the nutrients into the water - this can then be watered onto your plants. It's free, so it's a pleasure to use.
Hope this helps. Good luck! Rob