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Southern Alabama (Zone 8a)
Apr 10, 2018 12:48 PM CST
So, a few weeks ago, I posted about a problem with my Ponderosa lemon tree.
*See Poops on Ponderosa lemon tree*
I used an organic pest control for spider mites. It works wonderfully.
The problem with that is, after using it, very few pollinators touched the tree.
Hence, premature fruit drop.
My questions are:
Should I leave it alone or prune?
Will pruning stunt the growth?
My reasoning behind even thinking about pruning is that the tree could benefit from a larger pot.
Second photo is showing the bare branch where 👶 🍋 used to be.
According to the website below my organic pesticide is highly toxic to bees.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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Apr 10, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Is your pesticide systemic? If not you might try washing it off with soapy water. If it is systemic, you could try hand pollinating with a small paint brush. In any case trying soapy water is always first choice for bugs. If it doesn't do the job, then go to something stronger. We need our bees!

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