yellow leaves

woody64(5a)June 14, 2010

I have a small orange tree that I started from a seed and is growing quite well up till a few weeks ago when the top leaves started turning a real pale pale green ,almost a yellow color.The bottom leaves are still green,although not a deep green but green none the less.I tried feeding it with some miracle grow but it dont seem to help.I put some bone meal in the soil earlier the year .any ideas/thanks

ps:the tree is about 3ft tall and i have it in a 12"diameter pot in my house

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

How long has it been in that pot?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 10:27PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Yes, along jeans lines pot too small and soil needs refreshed, and in addition orange trees from seed from the grocery (opposed to heirloom from friend/family garden) likely don't come true and you don't know what you are going to get. And MG likely not the...um...miracle in any case and you want to look at the formulations in citrus food and adjust your fert from there.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 8:58AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

It could be one or a combination of many things, root bound, soil consistency, possibly over watered. As far as soil, if it's anywhere close to the right consistency and drains well, it should be fine for up to 2 years. Obviously people have different opinions about MG but using it at a lower strength more often is better than full strength in a container. I'd almost be willing to bet it's a soil issue. It's probably compacted and not allowing proper drainage or oxygen to the roots. What kind of soil was used?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 11:57AM
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