The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Grapefruit tree

Question: I purchased a dwarf grapefruit tree at a GA Home Depot. The pot sits on my porch, I water it each morning (it sits on a tray to catch water) and still the leaves are falling off. The tips of some of the leaves are brown and curled. It is 3.5 to 4 feet high. It gets good sun and partial shade.
The plant had no instructions with it, I emailed Rambo Nursery, but they have not replied. Help!

Answer: I think you are overwatering your new tree. Citrus trees do like moist soil, but it needs to dry out a bit between waterings or the saturated soil will suffocate the roots and one of the symptoms of that is browning leaves and dropping leaves. Water it thoroughly and then let the top half inch of potting soil dry out before watering again. Your tree should be putting out new growth now or within the next few weeks. When it does you can prune off the dead or dying leaves so it looks healthy and happy again.

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