lime and other citrus trees, Miami, Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Cutler Ridge, FL (Zone 10)
Question by lenaronald
April 17, 2006
thank you for your info on limes pertaining to ants, black stuff on leaves, watering, fertilizing...they took our 16 citrus trees due to being near canker infected trees, we didn't have any signs of that. But anyway we purchased several new citrus trees in pots: persian lime, keylime, oranges, and I think grapefruit or lemon, all of which we had before they took our trees 2-3 years ago. One of the potted citrus plants, a lime tree looks nearly dead. I asked my husband to please plant it in the hopes it will come back. Do you have any advice on this? I also would like to plant an apple or peach tree if they could survive our zone 10. I purchased a

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2006



I would not recommend apple or peach for zone 10. The apparently dead citrus plant will show in a few weeks if it can come back or not. I suspect the chances are slim unless you see green wood at the base of the trunk and/or lower branches. Give the oak tree some time before pruning the top back. That pruning won't kill it but may mess up its natural form. If the top doesn't recover then go ahead and prune it back.

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