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Lime tree issue - not much flowers or fruit

EMP
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Lime tree issue - not much flowers or fruit

Hi 

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Lime tree  not giving much flowers and fruits. Fruits are thick skin and not much juice.

 

Leaves seems Curley , with some brown spot in middles, green and yellowish . Please help and  guide through how to overcome these issues . Photos attached 

 

 

 

MitchellMc
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Re: lime tree issue

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @EMP. It's a pleasure to have you join us, and many thanks for the questions about your lime tree.

 

My first thought is that these signs are pointing to the rootstock overgrowing the grafted top, and the result is what you are seeing. Fruit plants are often grafted to different base growing stock. This rootstock grows exceptionally well but doesn't produce palatable fruit. The leaves seem a little odd to me for a standard lime, which also leads me to this assumption. Fruit with thick skin and little juice also could be a sign of it being rootstock. If the rootstock shoots are not cut back, they will quickly grow and smother to fruiting stock above.

 

I wouldn't expect to see many flowers or fruit at this time of the year, but to ensure there are some in the following months, you need to be fertilising with something like Scotts Osmocote 500g Citrus & Fruit Controlled Release Fertiliser. When was the last time you fertilised the plant, and what type of fertiliser did you use?

 

Perhaps @Noelle or @Adam_W, our knowledgeable horticulturists, might like to weigh in on the discussion.

 

Mitchell

 

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EMP
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Re: lime tree issue

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Thanks Mitchell

 

So should I leave plant as it is and fertilise it or any solution I can try to rootstock overgrowing ? 

 

Attached photo indicate what you saying but not sure which is main trunk and which are overshoot I cut 🥺?

 

 

 

 

 

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EricL
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Re: lime tree issue

Hello @EMP

 

Thank you for posting a photo of the base of your lime tree. My colleague @MitchellMc is currently on a well-earned break and will be back on Friday. I totally agree with his diagnosis of your lime tree, it seems that it has unusually large stems and leaves. I recommend following his suggestion of fertilizing the tree and observe to see if it produces flowers in the following weeks. Please keep us updated.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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EMP
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Re: lime tree issue

Thanks Eric

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MitchellMc
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Re: lime tree issue

That's a difficult one, @EMP. It's kind of like trying to diffuse a bomb but not knowing which wire to cut.

 

The fruiting stock would typically be in the middle, with all the growing stock shooting out around the sides under the graft line. Normally, you would find a graft line about 10cm above the roots, which would be quite identifiable. In your case, there doesn't seem to be an easily discernable graft, just a crown of big thick shoots. Potentially, the fruiting stock has died off completely.

 

Here's an image of a more classical graft on my own orange. In this case, it would be straightforward to detect shoots under that graft line.

 

How long have you had this lime? Has it ever had many flowers and nice juicy fruit? Do you ever remember a large central branch dying back?

 

Mitchell

 

 

 

 

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EMP
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Re: lime tree issue

Thanks for help 

 

3-4 years old . Don't remember if any central shoot was there or not 

 

 

Had flower  and fruits but not juicy 

 

Thinking to put fertiliser you suggested and see if it helps to make more flowers and juicy fruits 

 

If not then may be cut down tree as hard to imagine it produce juicy fruits 

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MitchellMc
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Re: lime tree issue

@EMP,

 

I suspect if you have never seen juicy fruit or many flowers that the central fruiting graft section may have failed and died early on.

 

You could certainly add some Scotts Osmocote 500g Citrus & Fruit Controlled Release Fertiliser and see how you go. It certainly won't hurt.

 

Hopefully, one of our experts, @Adam_W and @Noelle, will be able to get back to us. @mich1972 might also have some thoughts.

 

Mitchell

 

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