A: I would suggest you wait until the threat of frost is over. The final date for frost may be sometime between March 15 through April 15. Of all the citrus, limes are the least… Read More
A: After a severe freeze that causes damage to major limbs, wait several months to prune. During the spring flush following a freeze, leaves on freeze-damaged limbs may grow but then will wilt soon after…. Read More
Q: My patio lime tree has some fruit on it even now. I am concerned about losing this fruit if we have more cold weather. What should I do?
A: Lemons and limes are “ever producers”, which means if the conditions are right, they continue to bloom and produce fruit. You obviously have this plant in a well protected area which must receive… Read More
Q: I have Meyer lemon tree that needs to be moved because it now has a tree has gradually shaded it. Can it be transplanted?
Q: I have Meyer lemon tree that needs to be moved because it now has a tree has gradually shaded it. As a result, it has gradually leaned, grasping for the maximum sun it can… Read More
A: Fertilization should occur in March and go through September. No fertilizer should be applied October through February. Use 6-6-6 or 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 and sprinkle it all around the root area under the tree… Read More
A: Try Ruby Red or Pink Marsh. Pink Marsh is nearly seedless and can be harvested from December through May. Ruby Red is readily available at local garden centers and plant nurseries. Ruby Red is… Read More
Q: Why isn’t my ruby red grapefruit blooming? It gets some sun in the afternoon and I have used stake fertilizers each year. I am watering it twice a week just like my lawn grass. It… Read More
Q: The peeling of my grapefruit on my citrus tree is brown and it feels like sand paper. They are ripe and mature but what is wrong with them?
A: The disease is probably melanose, which is a common coastal fungal disease that primarily occurs in grapefruit but can attack any citrus. The first symptoms on leaves are small, circular, dark depressions with a… Read More
Q: I have a citrus tree and the leaves are curling, dropping off, and they look pale. What is wrong with my tree?
A: I am glad you brought a clipping of the tree to me. After examining it closely, I could see the culprit was a citrus mite. The citrus red mite or purple mite, Panonychus citri… Read More
A: The leaf problem is caused by a small leafmining moth, Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton, or the citrus leafminer (CLM). Citrus leafminer (CLM) was found in late May 1993 in several citrus nurseries in south… Read More