Re-Planting Orange Tree Into Ground?
About 8-9 months ago, I planted a full-size Washington Naval orange tree into the ground in San Diego. I have clay soil that drains so-so, but it's pretty hard.
Stupidly, I was worried about the hard clay stopping root growth. So I filled the hole with some topsoil rather than the clay soil I dug out. I have since read that this isn't a very good idea for a variety of reasons.
The orange tree isn't doing great. The fruit this year didn't ripen (it turned yellow when it was about the size of a golf ball, got brown spots and the skin split) and now the leaves are yellowing. I wonder if this from water saturation sparked by my dumb idea for planting it.
The question is, can I correct my mistake, dig up the tree and put native soil back in, and try again? Or would that shock the tree to death?
I'm not worried about fruit in the near-term as much as I'm hoping for long-term success. Any advice? Do I let it go or do some reconstructive surgery on it?