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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 25, 2017

Q. how to go about plant etrog and replant in ground

how to germinate and how to take care of watering and fertilize and insects

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 25, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

The most likely germination method is to soak the seeds in water overnight, then plant in seed-starting soil and keep the soil moist, but not soggy, for several weeks until they germinate. As they grow, transplant to a larger pot with a citrus potting soil mix as described here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/growing-citrus-trees-indoors.htm

Etrog plants can then be cared for similarly to other citrus. See these articles in our citrus section:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/growing-lemon-trees-containers.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/citrus-seed-harvesting.htm

Also see this article:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/etrog/growing-etrog-citron-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 10, 2018

Q. How to prevent an etrog tree from losing its leaves in the winter

I have a very small etrog tree. It grows about 8 inches in the summer and loses its leaves every winter and appears dead but starts to grow again in the summer. It is in a container. In the winter it is in my house in the basement where the temps are around 55. Is that too cold? What can I do to prevent it from losing its leaves in the winter and appearing to be dead? Thank you for your help.

Trude Reiser

Answered by
drtreelove on
August 10, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

55 degrees is not too cold, but are you sure it is not experiencing a freeze before you bring it in for the winter?
The tree needs watering and sunlight all year. So if in the basement it may be too dark and neglected for watering. You may consider a "grow light" available at hydroponic supply shops.

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