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Name: Anjello Luciano
Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b)
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vlsmash16
Jul 29, 2018 2:47 PM CST
Hello!

I hope ya'll are doing great. I am very new to gardening and need some help with my Meyer Lemon Tree. This tree was delivered to my house two weeks ago. I notice lately that the leaves are drooping and curling to its sides-- might this be a sign of overwatering?

I repotted the tree to a bigger container and used Miracle Gro citrus potting mix with Jobes granular plant food and some epsom salt. I have been keeping the soil moist, consistent at around 7 or 8 as measured by a moisture meter.

I included images to this post.

Thanks for the help!

Best,
Anjello
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 29, 2018 3:07 PM CST
Your photos do not clearly show any symptoms of concern. A photo of the entire tree would be more helpful.

You are doing too much. The repotting was probably unnecessary and will discourage fruiting. It is now in fresh soil so it does not need any fertilizer and fertilizer sticks are not recommended, in any case. Likewise, the Epsom salts are nor helpful and may prove toxic. Moisture meters are notoriously inaccurate.

Make sure your Citrus is in a sunny location. Remove the soil you added to the surface of the original rootball. Then, water only when the surface of the rootball feels dry to the touch.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 29, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Welcome!

I'm not sure where to even begin...

Newly acquired plants need some time to get used to their new environment before being moved to a new pot. New potting soil comes with a built in 6-month supply of fertilizer already in it. You should not have added more fertilizer. I can't imagine why you added Epsom salts too.

I don't know how wet the soil is with 7 or 8 on a moisture meter but when you put your finger into the soil as far as you can, does it feel dry, damp or wet?

I would guess between the repotting, too much fertilizer, Epsom salts and overwatering, your orange is struggling.
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ctcarol
Jul 29, 2018 3:17 PM CST
Please tell us the pot has drainage holes. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Anjello Luciano
Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b)
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vlsmash16
Jul 29, 2018 3:18 PM CST
ctcarol said:Please tell us the pot has drainage holes. Crossing Fingers!


Yes ma'am.


Name: Anjello Luciano
Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b)
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vlsmash16
Jul 29, 2018 3:19 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

I'm not sure where to even begin...

Newly acquired plants need some time to get used to their new environment before being moved to a new pot. New potting soil comes with a built in 6-month supply of fertilizer already in it. You should not have added more fertilizer. I can't imagine why you added Epsom salts too.

I don't know how wet the soil is with 7 or 8 on a moisture meter but when you put your finger into the soil as far as you can, does it feel dry, damp or wet?

I would guess between the repotting, too much fertilizer, Epsom salts and overwatering, your orange is struggling.


Thanks for the reply. What should I do at this point? Should I change out the soil you think?
Name: Anjello Luciano
Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b)
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vlsmash16
Jul 29, 2018 3:22 PM CST
WillC said:Your photos do not clearly show any symptoms of concern. A photo of the entire tree would be more helpful.

You are doing too much. The repotting was probably unnecessary and will discourage fruiting. It is now in fresh soil so it does not need any fertilizer and fertilizer sticks are not recommended, in any case. Likewise, the Epsom salts are nor helpful and may prove toxic. Moisture meters are notoriously inaccurate.

Make sure your Citrus is in a sunny location. Remove the soil you added to the surface of the original rootball. Then, water only when the surface of the rootball feels dry to the touch.


Thanks for the info! I added a picture of the whole tree to this reply.
Do you think I should change the soil?


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 29, 2018 5:19 PM CST
Unless you repotted very recently and you left the original rootball completely intact, then I would leave it as it is, but remove the soil you added to the surface of the original rootball. Then, water only when the surface of the rootball feels dry to the touch.

The tree appears to be healthy. Just be careful to let the soil dry appropriately between waterings.
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