Relocating one citrus trees

Question From: 
Carol in  Bowal,  Bowral SA


Nature of problem: 
Relocating one Meyer lemon and one Tahitian lime to a more open spot


Type of Plant (if known): 
Meyer lemon and Tahitian lime about 1.4 m high


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
some spindly branches


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
Bowral soil


How often do you water the plant:
as required


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
currently at east side of hedge


What type of plant is it:
see comments pls


How long since you planted it:
2011 October


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
yes with citrus fertiliser, seasol


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

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Other Comments: 
Both citrus are not growing well. A grapefruit and orange tree in more open space nearby are doing quite well. Wish to relocate lime and lemon into a more open spot. Can I do it now in mid January, or when is the best time? When I do need to relocate them, pls indicate the steps involved.
thanks for advice


Answer: Hi Carol,  Citrus pretty much demand full sun all day to do well. The best time to move them is mid Winter, ie July/August. Moving them now is not a good idea. Just dig them up in Winter with a root ball with a diameter about equal to half the height of the tree. Plant it at the same depth in the soil as it was before moving and water it in very well. On the BBY website there are full details on moving a tree or shrub.  Don