how can i make my blood orange tree happier? - Knowledgebase Question

temecula, Ca
Question by temroyce
February 13, 2011
I bought a blood orange and a tangerine tree from home depot 3 + yrs ago.they have struggled(leaves falling off and sticks for branhes) i stopped watering them because they are next to the lawn -3 ft away-but they are barely alive-help>


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Answer from NGA
February 13, 2011

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Citrus trees can take 2-3 years to establish their root systems. I know mine looked puny for two years before finally leafing out completely and developing flowers. Citrus likes moist soil so I don't think your lawn watering is affecting them. Since they're struggling anyway, why not dig them up to check the root systems and to see how deeply the irrigation water is reaching? They may be planted on a rocky shelf or over a layer of clay which is affecting the drainage. Dig down and amend the soil if necessary to ensure fast drainage. Then replant your trees. I hope they establish quickly and you see some improvement in their growth this coming spring and summer.

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