Jesspierce
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Lemon seedling stalled growth

I started a lemon seed in a small container in my windowsill. It grew to about an inch then stopped growing. I waited about a week then transplanted it into a bigger pot (using a mixture of manure and topsoil) and put it outside. It's been outside for 2 weeks now - temps range from 78-90 and the weather is humid and sunny (Atlanta, Georgia). It still hasn't grown at all! It's a strong little seedling and looks healthy, it's just not moving. Any tips?
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AnnaIkona
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Re: Lemon seedling stalled growth

Oh no need to worry! You're right- your seedling looks nice and strong. At this stage, when the seedling gets its first set of leaves, citrus are very slow to grow. And that's perfectly normal. In a couple weeks, it'll start growing super fast again!

Make sure the soil drains well and water often :) best of luck!
Zone 8b, Canada

Jesspierce
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Re: Lemon seedling stalled growth

Whew - thank you!

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Re: Lemon seedling stalled growth

Citrus grows in spurts. Even if it is not growing on top, it may still be growing roots. Citrus have a dormant season usually when they are normally growing fruit. Young trees may not fruit but will also grow slower then.
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Re: Lemon seedling stalled growth

It's setting out roots. The roots will be much bigger than the top.

AnnaIkona
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Re: Lemon seedling stalled growth

Hi Jesspierce,
It's been a while- how's the seedling doing?
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