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Very unwell lemon tree 
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Post Very unwell lemon tree
My thorny lemon tree is disastrously sick!
Not only are the leaves nibbled and curling they are covered in black specks and yellow splotches.
A few months ago all the fruit would begin to rot on the tree then drop off, leaving me with a very smelly backyard and no lemons. At the moment all fruit on the tree is green and very bumpy, not just the occasional bump, the whole fruit is bumpy.
I plan to prune the little fella down to make it easier to treat. Can you suggest any appropriate treatments? For everything that is wrong with it it looks like i'll be covering the whole tree with 4 types of pesticide, urine and store bought fertiliser.
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Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:47 am
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Post Re: Very unwell lemon tree
Sounds like it might be a nutrient deficiency which could be caused by over watering which can flush away nutrient in the soil?

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Post Re: Very unwell lemon tree
I think its been neglected for sometime, the poor thing. We live in the city so maybe there was just no nutrient to start with, it's a very built up area.


Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:42 am
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Grab some high nitrogen fertilizer that is liquid so that you can get it into the tree asap and see if that works :)

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Post Re: Very unwell lemon tree
Ive heard - and you are going to think Im drunk BUT supposedly bashing the trees trunk with a baseball/cricket bat works.
The tree sends itself healing messages and it supposedly works.


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Peeing on them works too :lol:

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Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:54 pm
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Cait is going to think we are making fun of her....we really are not I first heard of giving a lemon tree a bashing by Don Burke of Burkes backyard...


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I've heard of it too so your not crazy :)
Our neighbor growing up was jackie french and she always recommended peeing on the lemon tree to keep it healthy!

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Post Re: Very unwell lemon tree
THe other thing that doesnt seem that far fetched is Lemons HATE Clay. they can grow lovely in good soil till their roots hit some clay then they can curl up their toes and thats the end of them.

I wounder if hitting the tree is like growing a tree without staking it the constant bending and stressing of the trunk in the wind makes it grow stronger and more resilient.

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Post Re: Very unwell lemon tree
Great tip about the clay, might the reason why ours had a fit earlier in the year. The new one planted is not going much better.

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