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How to Revive a Sick Citrus Tree

How to Revive a Sick Citrus Tree

Has your citrus tree gotten sick? Not sure what to do? Read on to learn a few methods on how to revive a citrus tree and have your tree start thriving again.

There is a lot that goes into growing a citrus tree successfully. The soil composition, weather, and plant location are just some of the factors that could impact how your citrus tree grows. Anyone would love to have their own personal lime tree or lemon tree, but getting to that point is not always easy. 

It's always upsetting when you notice that your citrus trees are starting to look sick. But it can happen to everyone, from first-time growers to growers with years of experience. If you do notice that your fruit tree is looking under the weather, don't panic. There are methods for bringing them back to life. 

Below, we're sharing a few methods for how you can best revive a citrus tree. Read on to learn more about how you can take a fruit tree from sick to well again. 

1. Prune at the Right Time

If you want your citrus tree to grow successfully, it's important that you stay on top of pruning them at the right time. Each year, set aside a time in early spring that you can dedicate to this task. 

You'll want to be sure to remove any diseased or crisscrossed branches. The best tools for pruning are gardening shears or a fine-tooth saw, depending on the size of the branches. Pruning can be a tedious task, but it's well worth it to ensure that your Meyer lemon tree or Kaffir lime tree, for example, stay healthy. 

2. Check for Weeds Regularly

When you're growing citrus trees, it is vitally important that you stay on top of weed management. If you really want your fruit trees to grow successfully, you cannot just pull weeds occasionally and expect that will be enough. 

Check for weeds on a regular basis, and be sure to keep the area beneath the tree's canopy clear of damaging weeds. This is especially important for a young lime tree or lemon tree. Young trees have smaller canopies, so more light can get through, which promotes greater weed growth. 

3. Protect from Frost Damage

Citrus trees grow best in warm climates, so frost can cause serious damage. If you can, consider keeping an indoor citrus tree during the coldest time of the year, to prevent frost damage from happening. 

If you can't bring your tree inside, you can still protect it from frost by covering it with a cloth blanket and continuing to water it well. As tempting as it may be to prune frost-damaged areas right away, you should wait until the following spring when you are doing the rest of your pruning. 

Want More Tips for Growing a Citrus Tree?

There are lots of benefits to growing citrus trees. A citrus tree makes a beautiful addition to your garden or to the landscape of your home. When well taken care of, your trees will also produce delicious fruit that you’ll be able to cook with and bake with, which can ultimately be good for your health.  

For more helpful tips to get started on growing your own fruit trees, check out our citrus blog and our citrus care guide.