Trees in Need of Some TLC

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Tuesday 24 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

As posted a while ago, the citrus trees have had a tough year, with a long hot dry summer that went on longer than usual through autumn, relentless rain over late autumn and early winter, and then freezing temperatures far lower and more prolonged than we’d normally see here….

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The end result has been tree and leaf damage that will take a year or two to rectify, and in some cases, perhaps tree replacement or re-graft will be the only option. The climatic conditions not only cause damage, but allow diseases we perhaps wouldn’t normally come across to take hold.

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At least 60 percent of the trees look a bit sad and bruised, so most of the profits from this past season will be used to try and get them back into condition. Fruit yield may well be low for a couple of years, but without immediate compensating action and reinvestment, the orchards will become virtually useless, so needs must.

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In this next image, I took a small branch from a healthy tree (wide, dark green leaves), and held it up against the average tree condition we have now (narrow, up-pointing yellowing leaves). The difference is quite obvious to see.

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15 thoughts on “Trees in Need of Some TLC

  1. Sorry to hear about your citrus trees. We had a hard frost earlier here in Arizona. Lost many of our ornamental plants since we were still up north when the frost hit. We were lucky, though, in that our one Orange tree appears to be completely undamaged. It is in the southwest corner of our lot against a concrete block fence. I figure the heating of the fence during the day protected the tree at night. In any case, here’s hoping your trees recover quickly and completely.

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  2. fredrieka says:

    We have lost a lot of pines in Michigan due to disease we understand your problem

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  3. ssgt leslie says:

    question, do you all have issues of re-greening. this effects our citrus trees here in fla.

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  4. It is so disheartening. Our tree has borer and is dying. Looks like your leaves have sooty mould. We have had white fly before which has caused the secondary sooty. Citrus love food .. I must get out again today and feed ’em up! good luck with yours ..

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Thanks… we get borer on the big apricot, but other than that it doesn’t affect us. Our main problem is med fly of course. We get sooty mould following prolonged cold and damp; just more pronounced this year I guess.

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  5. dayphoto says:

    Oh, goodness! Coming from a family of Orchardist I understand the heartbreak of trees so damaged. I am so sorry! Income from the produce of nature is always so dependent on—well Nature!

    Linda ♪♫❤
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

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