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What nitrogen fixer for orangery plants

 
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Hi,

I live in a 7a zone, and I love plants that need to be in 8-11 zones.
I know it's bad, but anyway, it's a pleasure to eat fresh citrus fruits in winter.
As I put them back in the orangery during the autumn, I have to grow them in big pots.
I use organic fertilizer, but would love to get nitrogen fixers in the same container.

I'm looking for crawling plant that would cover the mulched soil. As much as I like climbing peas, my wife won't like it, so crawling or small is good.

Any idea?

Thanks.
 
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Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)? Or some form of clover?

Both don't get too tall, but can be 'mowed' with a pair of scissors to be kept lower.
 
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Thanks Charli.
I have some red clover seeds, so I will give it a try.
If anyone has an idea for other nitrogen fixer, crawling if possible, let me know.
 
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What about sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica)? It's a small creeping legume, tropical so it's amenable to your treatment of the citrus. And the way the leaves fold up when you touch them is way cool!
 
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I have had this plant in the past, several times indeed.
My kids and myself must have killed them by "overstressing" them.
 
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