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Medium_img_8432 Leaves on dwarf citrus lime wilted/curled/turning brown. Increased water/fertiliser but no change. No pests.

Our lime tree was doing great however has started to show signs of significant distress. I usually get the plant go off rain water but have watered a couple of times since the change and also fertilised. There are no signs of bugs (expect some caterpillars) and we live on the coast so have not had any frost.

Submitted: 09:29AM, 23 Apr 2019
Answer: Hi Anneleise,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Citrus are very thirsty and hungry plants. From looking at the photo provided, the plant is suffering from a severe bout of wilt. Although it has been watered recently, it may not have been enough or the water has not reached into the soil where the plant needs it the most.

There is also some burning that is visible on the leaves. This may be due to reflection or heat from the fence and in combination with the lack of water the plant has received over time.

For this tree you will need to give it some tender loving care. Firstly, add Yates Waterwise Soil Saturator to the soil and water in well. This will assist with the moisture getting into the soil and deep to the roots. You will need to apply this every month.

Secondly, give the plant a regular feed with Yates Thrive Naturals Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food every 8 weeks. We would also recommend to suppliment its feeding with a weekly feed of Yates Thrive Naturals Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant food. This weekly feed will provide it with faster absorbing nutrients as well as seaweed to assist with stress.

Finally, once the leaves have started to show signs of recovery, remove any of the worst affected branches through pruning. This will then allow for the tree to grow new branches and leaves. Also check that the fence is not producing a fair amount of radiant heat on to the plant. If this is the case, you may need to look at moving the tree a bit further away from the fence line to avoid burning.

Hopefully the tree will recover soon for you and you can enjoy the fruits that it will provide.

Kind regards,

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturist

Category: Fruit & Citrus
Tags: citrus, watering
Answered: 12:23PM, 24 Apr 2019

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