I wanted to document re-potting our indoor orange tree, but what I actually captured is a sweet moment between a father and his daughter.
This is my potted orange tree. I bought it from Gurney's Seeds in the summer of 2014. When it arrived in the mail it was but a mere twig with a handful of leaves. It spent the summer outside in the sunshine, the winter in a south facing window in the warm upstairs. Before the spring and summer arrived I wanted to get the plant into a new pot so it had room to stretch it's roots and continue growing.
Start with a larger container and potting mix of your choice. Citrus trees like to have loose dirt around their roots. Add the dirt to the pot, and lightly pat it down.
Remove tree from old container do not break up roots. Observe and discuss roots and their purpose with a two year old. The world is 100 times more fascinating through the eyes of a two year old.
Place tree into new container.
Is this picture not the sweetest? Daughter and daddy bonding over gardening. Be still my heart, childhood goes by too fast.
Add soil around tree, keeping it loose to allow for easy root spread.
Gently pat down to supply some stability. Water well and add plant food of your choice. Continue to fertilize during the warm months to facilitate healthy growth.
When you are done make sure to draw on the container with chalk. Because where is the fun in childhood if you can't express your artistic desires in sidewalk chalk?
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