Ask a Question forum: Pink Grapefruit Dieback

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Nov 7, 2016 1:54 PM CST
We have returned to our winter home to find our grapefruit tree is suffering. several main branches growing from the trunk have died. bark has peeled on those branches and branched appear dead. 70% of the tree looks ok and has new fruit growing.

My thoughts... remove the dead branches and paint exposed flesh. Remove all fruit from tree to try to get the tree to put its energy into fighting off what ever has infected it

Any advise would be appreciated.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Nov 8, 2016 7:41 AM CST
Welcome! A picture and your location would be a big help to getting advice from the members Smiling
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 8, 2016 11:13 AM CST
borers maybe. You'll see when u cut dead stuff off. I wouldn't take fruit off.
Is tree getting watered year round and when your away ? Shrug!
Pics. Would be helpfull.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Nov 8, 2016 1:31 PM CST
Is it growing in a treated lawn or landscape?
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Nov 8, 2016 3:22 PM CST
We do need to know your location to help you out here. If you're in Florida, it's fairly likely that the tree has contracted Citrus Greening disease. It is pretty much rampant state-wide at this point. A picture of the tree, fruit, leaves and dead branches would be helpful.

You should also inspect the base of the tree for any cracking or weeping that might indicate Foot Rot, a fungal infection often caused by lawn maintenance guys weed whacking and damaging the trunk. It is fatal, sadly.

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