Young orange tree and earwigs
I live on SWS in NSW and planted a Washington Navel orange 2 years ago. It is slow to grow in sandy clay but looked OK at 40cms tall until an earwig attacked the growing top, stripping the bark so that the top 6cms died. Before this destruction it had eight to ten buds happening. Been very hot and dry this summer so I surrounded it with wire and a sacking cover to limit the hot sun. I have to hand water as we have only rainwater tank so I fill an unstoppered glass bottle and invert it beside the stem to give a slow drip. The tree is sprouting again but only from the base. Will it recover and grow tall or is it a dead loss?