Yuzu Plant Needs Help

chef_green_thumbAugust 27, 2007

I live here in hawaii and bought a yuzu plant which when we first brought it home was doing reallly well and even started to fruit. Soon after the plants growth stopped but still looked very healthy about a month later all the leaves fell off the plant...does anyone know what happen here and also is there anything i can do to revive it. Please help my poor yuzu bush

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birdsnblooms

Hi Chef..This can happen occassionally w/citrus, but there's usually a reason.
For instance, have you done anything like repotted or added a chemicals? Repotted?
How about soil. By chance, did the soil dry out too much or kept too wet? Either under or overwatering can cause leaves to drop.
This is a long shot, but it pays to be cautious..have you checked for plant bugs? Most don't work that fast where every leaf falls off a tree, unless it happened over a period of time. Toni

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 2:32PM
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citrusboy

Not sure why but Yuzu can sometimes do that. I have 3 trees and all 3 of them have lost a bunch of leaves at one time or another. Unless that branch is dead they always grow back bushier and thornier than ever.

That being said, other things can cause leaf drop as well.

Here is a pic of on of my container yuzu growing back...

Here is a link that might be useful: Yuzu coming back

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 5:07PM
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birdsnblooms

Citrusboy, what size pot is your Yuzu in? It looks huge, but so does the tree. How tall is the tree? Toni

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 3:49PM
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citrusboy

Hi Toni,

18" Pot from Home depot. That Yuzu is about 40" tall and has been getting wider and not too much taller. It's on dwarfing rootstock. The two in the ground seem to be growing at just about the same rate.

Last year I grafted some Sudachi budwood to the Yuzu in the Pot and 1 in the ground. Both budded and are growing nicely. Downside is they barely set fruit this year. 2 fruits 2 trees. The 1 tree I didn't graft has 10 Yuzu fruits.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 1:54AM
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birdsnblooms

Hi Citrus,
I wonder why your Yuzu is growing wide instead of tall? I have one citrus doing the same thing..debating whether or not to clip it off..what do u think? It's a variegated Pink Lemon.
I first thought it was rootstock since its location is lower on the tree, but above graft line. What are u doing about yours? How much longer is the long branch compared to other branches? Did you prune? or will you wait till spring? Toni

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 3:09PM
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citrusboy

Hi Toni, I don't prune anything except my lemons and my 3 standard trees (october). Seems they all round themselves out over time. Limequats get pretty leggy too but I never prune them. Want as much fruit as possible.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 12:24AM
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