Citrus Leaves Yellowing - Knowledgebase Question

Ramona, CA
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Question by gtc7
November 18, 1997
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
saplings. Some of them have either a few or alot of leaves
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).

It is now getting to be can I help these little guys through this first year in their new home?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997
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.

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.

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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