Citrus - Knowledgebase Question

Maricopa, Ar
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Question by hosleyd8c
December 7, 2009
The leaves of both my newly planted and mature citrus seem to be eaten off, any idea and what to spray with? Also the leaves seem to be smaller and motled with the greenest part near the stem and veins, should I fertize and when and with what? Thanks

Answer from NGA
December 7, 2009
Caterpillars can be controlled with Bt (sold as Dipel or Thuricide). The mottled color in the leaves indicates a need for fertilizer and probably for iron, as well. There are specialized citrus foods and you should apply them 3-4 times a year. The fertilizer package will suggest the amounts to use (based upon the tree size and age) and also the frequency for application. I give my citrus trees a dose of Ironite twice a year and it helps keep the leaves nice and green. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Best wishes with your citrus tree!

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