The Q&A Archives: Citrus Leaves Yellowing

Question: I recently planted 8 lemon and orange trees in our yard. They are all between 2 to 3 feet tall, and came as 1 gallon<br>saplings. Some of them have either a few or alot of leaves <br>that are yellow. Some of them are a yellowish shade of green. They haven't changed much since planting. I am told it may be overwatering. I planted them at the end of a week-long hot spell (100-105F).<br><br>It is now getting to be can I help these little guys through this first year in their new home?

Answer: Since your citrus trees are relatively new, the symptoms you describe may be caused by transplant shock. I'd just monitor their progress and allow them to become established. <br><br>Soil needs to be fast draining because roots need some air, but citrus does require a lot of moisture, so plan to apply about an inch of water twice a week to each tree.<br><br>Leaves of all plants eventually turn yellow and fall off, to be replaced by new growth, so don't be too alarmed at this point.

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