Grapefruit - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Buhangin_40
November 3, 2010
My friend gave me her grapefruit tree, I put it close to the window with enough sunlight, now i see lots of still green leaves falling, did I put too much horse manure? I want to save it, not sure if it want moist soil. Thanks

Answer from NGA
November 3, 2010
I think your new grapefruit tree is just trying to adjust to its new home. I'm sure the temperature, humidity and light is different than it is used to. It's normal for the oldest (inner-most) leaves to drop from citrus trees. As long as it is putting out new growth, it's okay. Horse manure can provide some nutrients as it decomposes and it's hard to overdo an application but it's important to keep the manure an inch or two away from the trunk of the tree. Citrus trees do like moist soil but since they grow slowly in the wintertime they probably won't need to be watered more often than once a week. Just give your new tree a little more time to adjust to its new home and you should see some new leaves developing. Hope it's soon!

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