Leaves on Valencia Orange

cherybb(9b)May 24, 2010

Hello, new to posting here.

I need some help with my Midnight Valencia Orange. I purchased this tree last year and it has been in a pot since then and repotted once to a larger size pot. It was tagged with a Four Winds tag when I purchased it.

Leaves last year were what I would call normal. It wintered outside and lost all leaves during the winter. The tree has come back now however every leaf on the tree is doubled, a smaller leaf shape closer to the limb and a larger more normal looking citrus leaf past that. I read somewhere that this is a sign of suckers growing in below the graft line.

It is possible that this may have happened on some of the new growth, but the areas where there was normal growth last year is completely covered in these doubled leaves this year.

I've checked this small tree and it doesn't look like it is growing anything but these strangely shaped leaves. I have pruned off at least 6 very flexible limbs, new growth this year, with huge double leaves. The rest of the growth is on the pruned branches from last year with all double leaves.

I am afraid to prune any further for fear of completely cutting this tree back to a stick!

What can I do? Thank you!

Cheryle

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If you could attach some pictures, it would be very helpful.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 4:17AM
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cherybb(9b)

Thanks for the suggestion, I have an album here

http://picasaweb.google.com/cherybb/OrangeTree?authkey=Gv1sRgCOSJz_mShfzY_QE&feat=directlink

that can hopefully be accessed.

Here is a link that might be useful: orange tree album

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 11:07PM
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mgk65(z6)

These types of double leaves are common with citrus. It is normal for kaffir lime to be this way. I have seen it on others, including a Sudachi I have:

The other problem I see is the curling of the leaves.
Are you watering enough?
What kind of fertilizer are you using and how often?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:21AM
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