worth saving this dying or dead kaffir lime tree?
Dear Citrus Forum,
For nearly two years I had a very healthy kaffir lime tree in a pot on my balcony, at an apartment in Jakarta, Indonesia. Despite the air pollution here, I think it was in its tropical element, and it thrived for awhile. We used the leaves routinely for cooking. Yum.
Two months ago all the leaves started to fall off and now it's totally bare. After studying this forum, I now know with some certainty that the small tree had two major problems: scale and overwatering. (silly me, I thought the sticky residue from scale was productive tree sap!)
My question: if all the leaves are gone, is it worth trying to save? I'm willing to go through the effort of treating for root rot, and repotting, and taking better care in the future if it's possible to rescue it. Or, if you all think it's a lost cause, I'll toss it and get another one. I'm posting two pictures of this sad bare tree on flickr, but the lighting is less than ideal (too bright in the background).
Wish I had a pic from when it was healthy... it was so beautiful and green! Appreciate your honest advice!