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Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

Posted by ElvaM none (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 8, 14 at 20:42

When I moved into my home I was happy that there was a 10ft orange tree in the backyard that had big oranges that I shared with my family. Five years later, I'm nervous that the orange tree is dying. For the last two years the fruits has become smaller and less of them have ripened. There are barely any leaves on the tree too, over the years the tree has been less lush. I water it regularly (3 times a week or when I see it really dry.) I live in Southern California were we don't get much rain and my dirt is very very hard and clay-like. I feed the tree hands-full of fertilizer at least 3 times a year too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm fairly confident and willing to learn and try to save my tree.


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RE: Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

Here's a close up of what most of the branches look like on the tree.

RE: Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jan 10, 14 at 21:51

How much are you watering?

RE: Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

Elva, looks like your trees are in dire need of water. And, you should use the required amount of fertilizer per the bag directions, and not "handfuls". Fertilizer should also be broadcast at the trees' drip lines, and not at the trunk. Water and proper fertilization should bring your trees back to life.

Patty S.

RE: Orange (Naval) Tree Dying?

A tree like that requires a lot of water. Use a soaker hose circled on the inside of the drip line and throughly soak the ground. Let it dry out between waterings.

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