Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

ElvaMJanuary 8, 2014

When I moved into my home I was happy that there was a 10ft orange tree in the backyard that had big oranges that I shared with my family. Five years later, I'm nervous that the orange tree is dying. For the last two years the fruits has become smaller and less of them have ripened. There are barely any leaves on the tree too, over the years the tree has been less lush. I water it regularly (3 times a week or when I see it really dry.) I live in Southern California were we don't get much rain and my dirt is very very hard and clay-like. I feed the tree hands-full of fertilizer at least 3 times a year too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm fairly confident and willing to learn and try to save my tree.

Thanks!

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ElvaM

Here's a close up of what most of the branches look like on the tree.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 8:44PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

How much are you watering?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 9:51PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Elva, looks like your trees are in dire need of water. And, you should use the required amount of fertilizer per the bag directions, and not "handfuls". Fertilizer should also be broadcast at the trees' drip lines, and not at the trunk. Water and proper fertilization should bring your trees back to life.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 12:47AM
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joncha(9a)

A tree like that requires a lot of water. Use a soaker hose circled on the inside of the drip line and throughly soak the ground. Let it dry out between waterings.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 11:27PM
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