Help with orange trees please
I need help with two orange trees with disfigured leaves.
I am south of Phoenix, and planted a blood orange 10 months ago, and a navel orange a year ago. Both purchased from Lowe's & Home Depot, so they no doubt orginated in California.
Both orange trees have doubled in size and growth seems to be good. However both trees have crinkled, bent and bumpy leaves with pale yellow patches on new leaves on some (not all) new growth. Some branches look very good without any problems. There are also dry browning on the edges of older leaves.
Both are planted in potting soil mixed with some native soil, and I added some gypsum and granulated citrus fertilizer. They are now fertilized with liquid Miracle Grow. Each tree has two 2 gal sprinklers running for 20 minutes at night. They are in full sun, although I did have a shade cloth partially over the blood orange for the summer, so it did not get the late afternoon sun. There is a little burn on some of it's leaves due to getting full sun. There is mulch under the trees to protect them from the heat in summer and to conserve moisture.
Should I be worried about these strange ugly leaves, and will this affect the blossoms and fruit in the spring? I really hope they will bear fruit this coming year. The navel orange did produce two oranges in the spring, but since I am away for most of the summer, my neighbour ate them, thinking they were lemons :)
sorry that I cannot upload pictures, as I do not have the cable for my camera. Hope my description helps.