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What's wrong with my Citrus Tree?

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What's wrong with my Citrus Tree?

Hello Team, 

We have recently moved to a property that has (what looks to me like) a Citrus Tree - guessing it's a Lemon Tree but someone may be able to say otherwise. It looks like it is being eaten by something and doesn't look very healthy. Any tips on how to revive and turn it into a healthy tree? Thank you!Lemon Tree 1.jpgLemon Tree 2.jpgLemon Tree 3.jpgLemon Tree.jpg

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Re: What's wrong with my Citrus Tree?

Hello @beatriceb 


Thanks for sharing your question about your citrus tree. Looking at the curling and deformed leaves it appears your tree is infested with leaf miners. Leaf miners are the larvae of various beetles, flies, moths, and sawflies. The adult insects lay their eggs on the leaf and the larvae tunnel into the leaf while feeding. 


I suggest removing the infected leaves and throwing them into the bin. Don't mix them in with your compost or mulch. I recommend spraying the plant with Eco-Organic Garden 500ml Eco-Oil Concentrate. I also suggest removing the weeds at the base of the citrus tree so that it does not get smothered. 


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Re: What's wrong with my Citrus Tree?

Hi beatriceb


I agree with Eric's suggestion to spray for leaf miners with Eco-oil.

Your citrus is possibly a lemon, going by the thorns, and also since a lemon is Australia's favourite fruit tree it increases the probability.

Lemons / citrus are hungry, thirsty, and jealous plants who like to keep the soil to themselves.

The weeds need digging out (carefully -- fine roots are near the surface) and the area around the trunk kept clear.

Mulch well. Water deeply once a week depending on rainfall.

Good drainage is essential.

They love sun, and protection from wind.

Feed with something like Osmocote's citrus and fruit slow-release granules, in spring and summer. This may help correct the iron deficiency, hopefully, which shows as yellow leaves, though a trace element supplement may cover all bases. The goodies in the soil are being consumed by the bamboo, grass, weeds etc.

Once the trunk and branches are visible, open it up a bit by pruning, to allow air in. The long, strong vertical shoots may be watershoots and should be cut out, if there's enough normal foliage to keep the plants healthy.

Ultimately it may be a struggle to end up with the sort of healthy tree you'd like -- this is only my opinion --  mainly because the bamboo severely limits its natural growth habit. It may be an idea to pick another place in your property and start off with a citrus of your choice.

All the best! Keep us posted.

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