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Small Space Organics
Small and dwarf varieties of fruit trees grown in pots are the perfect solution for limited garden spaces. Container growing allows you to control soil conditions when cultivating ‘fussy’ fruits such as citrus: in this case, a dwarf Meyer lemon.

Posted by Hardie Grant from London, United Kingdom • Published See Hardie Grant's 83 projects » © 2018 Josh Byrne / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 1
    Step 1

    After the pot has been coated with a sealant to help water-retention, it is filled with a top-quality potting mix enriched with a little
    fertiliser and compost.

  • Step 2

    The mix is tailored to suit the citrus, which does not tolerate alkaline soil.

  • Step 3

    Blood and bone is added.

  • Step 4

    Rock minerals complete the soil-enrichment process.

  • Step 5

    The potting media are mixed together thoroughly.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 6
    Step 6

    The roots are gently teased out before the
    lemon is planted in the pot.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 7
    Step 7

    The tree should not be buried too deeply: the graft should remain above the level of the soil. Covering the graft
    could lead to collar rot.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 8
    Step 8

    The tree is watered in.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 9
    Step 9

    A thick application of mulch keeps the roots
    cool.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Planting Fruit Trees In Pots - Step 10
    Step 10

    Another generous watering helps the lemon tree to establish; the pot-grown tree will need regular watering. In this garden, the fruit trees in the ground are sustained by greywater, while trees in pots are irrigated with rainwater,
    with mains water as a back-up.

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