My lemon tree.-was getting too much water from the rain

Jeri Illsley
by Jeri Illsley
My lemon tree was getting too much water from the rain and the little branches have turned yellow. For the hurricane, i dug it up and put it in a pot. The small yellow branches are dead now. Please tell me what to do. The main trunk seems alive. I dont want to kill another one. :(

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  • Carolyn Carolyn on Sep 24, 2017

    Maybe look for information about adding more soil around the trunk and placing rocks on top. Rocks tend to help. I am sorry, I forget why they do. Best of luck in saving the tree and, perhaps, do some Googling about it. I may be wrong, but I hope I am not. Good luck!!

  • Mar7072667 Mar7072667 on Sep 24, 2017

    in my country, Malta , we water citrus trees once during the summer and that is about end of June to mid July. Also they must not be watered when they are in flower,

  • PJ Wise PJ Wise on Sep 24, 2017

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    Tips On Water Requirements For Citrus Trees

    By Heather Rhoades

    While citrus trees have always been popular in areas where they thrive, lately they have also become popular in colder climates. For citrus owners in warm, humid climates, citrus tree watering is not something they often need to think about. But in cooler or drier climates, watering can be a tricky thing. Let’s take a look at the water requirements for citrus trees.

    Water Requirements for Citrus Trees

    Watering your lemon trees or other citrus trees is tricky. Too little water and the tree will die. Too much and the tree will die. This can leave even an experienced gardener asking, “How often do I water a citrus tree?”

    With ground-planted citrus trees, watering should happen about once a week, whether from rainfall or manually. Be sure the area has excellent drainage and that you soak the ground deeply at each watering. If the drainage is poor, the tree will get too much water. If the tree is not watered deeply, it will not have enough water for the week.

    With container planted citrus trees, watering should be done as soon as the soil dries out or is only slightly damp. Again, be sure that the drainage for the container is excellent.

    Citrus tree watering should be done evenly. Never let a citrus tree dry out completely for more than a day. If a citrus tree is allowed to dry out for more than a day, you won’t see the damage until you water it again, which may cause confusion. A citrus tree that has been left dry will lose leaves when watered. The longer the citrus tree is left in dry soil, the more leaves it will lose when you water it. This is confusing because most plants lose leaves when they dry out. Citrus trees lose leaves after you water them once they have dried out. If your citrus tree is getting too much water, meaning that the drainage is poor, the leaves will yellow and then fall off.

    If your citrus tree loses all of its leaves due to over or under watering, do not despair. If you resume the proper water requirements for citrus trees and keep the plant evenly watered, the leaves will regrow and the plant will come back to its former glory.

    Now that you know the answer to the question, “How often do I water a citrus tree,” you can enjoy the beauty of your citrus tree without worry.