Washington Navel Orange Foliage - Knowledgebase Question

Alameda, CA
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Question by super554
February 9, 2003
I just purchased a Monrovia Dwarf Washington Navel orange bush and potted it in a 20" container on my patio. It's beautiful, has 4 oranges beginning and lots of flowers.

I noticed it has some yellowing leaves. What could be the cause of this and should I remove the yellowing leaves? In addition, are there instructions on pruning that will help yield the most fruit?

Thank you,


Answer from NGA
February 9, 2003
It's not unusual for newly transplanted trees and shrubs to go through an adjustment period and lose a few leaves in the process. Your tree may also be reacting to differences in temperature and humidity in its new location. Don't remove the yellowing leaves - they'll fall off when they're ready. Water often enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. As a rule, citrus trees are not regularly pruned. Allow your tree to develop a basic framework as it matures. You can safely prune off any errant branches, but regular pruning should be unnecessary.

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