orange tree looking really sad :( - Knowledgebase Question

lakeside, Ca
Question by leonkm
July 20, 2009
ive been watering my two plants (orange and lemon tree) with water every morning. my lemon tree looks good and is growing lots of lemon. the orange tree though the leaves are all droopy looking and they are curled up. It has some oranges growing but right now they are looking a bit yellow. what should i do?

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2009


Although citrus trees like soil on the moist side, daily watering might be excessive if they are planted in the ground. (Citrus in containers probably needs daily watering in the summer months.) Instead of daily watering, try watering deeply every 3-4 days. The roots need oxygen as well as moisture and if you water too much, the roots will suffocate. Taper off on watering and see if that doesn't help the situation. Citrus should be fed in March, June and September so if you haven't fed your trees, be sure to feed them this fall. Enjoy your landscape!

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