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QUESTION: Tropicals in Kentucky HELP!!

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Since I live in North Western KY, I have to bring my tropicals (Limes,olive, tangerine, banana & palm trees) inside to our "Florida" room which faces Westerly sun. I struggle especially  w/ my Lime trees as they sometime set fruit this time each year. What type of grow lights, if any would help me with plants 3-5 ft tall and hopefully easy to install? 

And the second question is even tho I hose everything down before they come into the house I STILL have a big problem w/ spider mites taking over.  Any type of dormant  or protective spray could you recommend to use before they come inside???


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riceke writes: Dwynn19, I live in Geogia (7b) and usually bring my lemon, lime, and orange trees in pots into my garage after the first light frost. I have them on a roller type caddy and bring them in when it gets freezing and then roll them back outside when it warms. I tried leaving them indoors but found that they get mites and other critters and no matter how much light I gave them they always dropped their leaves. By keeping them in an unheated garage I found that they eventually will drop leaves but the insect population doesn't get out of hand. I also reduce watering. Once Spring comes and the weather arms I drag them outside again and begin watering, feritlizing and washing them down. They always rebound and produce fruit the following year. I have seen citrus trees in Florida nurseries during the winter in what appears to be bone dry 2 gal pots and they too lost their leaves. I believe that they need that period of dormancy during the Winter months.
Posted: 9:38 am on October 17th
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