Young lime tree over watered

Asked March 26, 2016, 2:21 PM EDT

I recently transplanted a young Persian lime tree from a small pot to a slightly larger one. In the process, I added additional potting soil and the recommended amount of 13-13-13 fertilizer. I also poured a lot of water on the soil, to the point that the soil was highly saturated almost soupy. Now the plant, that was previously very healthy, appears to be dying. Should I replant it in new dry potting soil?

Charleston County South Carolina

1 Response

Yes, plant roots need a balance of moisture and air to be healthy. plant roots can be easily drowned. Soil should feel moist but far from saturated. You should avoid air pockets in the soil but do not pack the soil either.