Vegetables and Fruit forum: Dying calamondin orange

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Mar 21, 2018 3:59 PM CST
I have had a calamondin orange tree for 3 years now. 2 years ago we moved into a new house that has a less ideal places to put an indoor cotrus. In our old appartment it was indoors in front of a South facing full sun window year round and it flourished. Recently I discovered it wasn't getting enough sun to use all the water I was giving it and k believe it started to succumb to root rot. I removed the plant from the soil and allowed the root ball to dry out. I treated it with some neem oil and have replanted it. I let it go without water for a week to ensure the roots were dry. I now only water it once a week or when my meter shows 0 for moisture. Yesterday I noticed nats coming from the soil and powdered with diatomaceous earth. It still isn't doing hot. Branches are dying. Leaves droop then come back. What else can I do?
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Name: Kristi
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Mar 25, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Welcome! I'm sorry you have had no response.

I think you are on the right track about removing from the container and repotting.

I'm sure you also inspected the root system at that time and didn't see any issues.

I don't know if gnats can cause these problems but they need to be eliminated. Because this is a fruit tree and you want to eat the fruit, I will suggest using this.

Good luck with your Calamondin orange. Crossing Fingers!
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Mar 28, 2018 6:43 PM CST
Sounds like fungus gnats...a sure sign of soggy soil. I believe all citrus require full sun, so it sounds like you either get it outside or loose it.

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