Did I plant my Improved Meyer Lemon properly?
We purchased our lemon tree about a month ago and it was in full bloom. We kept it in the house for about three weeks until it got warm enought (75 +) outside in a container that is about 15- 20 gal. We used POTTING MIX to plant it in the container instead of potting SOIL. We also have a saucer under the planter to retain any excess water that drains after watering. Did I make a mistake in using potting mix instead of potting soil and should I not let excess water sit in the saucer? Is water soluable fertilizer best? I might add that we live in New Mexico, so we have very low humiditiy. Since putting the plant outdoors, all the blossoms have fallen off as well as some leaves.
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They can tolerate a range of soils as long as it's well draining and slightly acidic. I would not allow it to sit in the water as this can eventually lead to root rot. Instead, allow the water to flow freely from the container. You can, however, set the container on a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity or mist the plant daily. As for fertilizing your lemon tree, water soluable is fine. This article has additional information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/learn-about-fertilizer-for-a-lemon-tree.htm
The blossom and leaf drop is normal, as the tree is acclimating to the outdoors and should right itself.