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We purchased a very run down property 10 yrs ago.we rescued an old persimmon tree amongst tall black bamboo n wonder if we can expect fruit. Have had acorn sized green fruit that just drops down. A nice shape to it though.
I tasted a lovely sweet grapefruit with an orange skin grown in the Bay of Plenty, would you know the name? thanks
Our lemon tree was planted 18 months ago - it has grown quickly to over 2 metres, looks healthy but isn't producing blossom or fruit. Is this a good thing?
If your tree has grown to 2m in 2 years, take the top out and perhaps reduce the nitrogen, or a little extra potash. Cheers
My established mandarin tree grows very small tight fruits which drop to the ground and a generally unedible as they are too small and not mature enough and ripened. I must admit I don't water it very often or probably feed it enough.
Hi, my yen-ben is about 3 years old. Has lots of fruit but very small and it never matures. We have been feeding all the right stuff and spraying Tui spray for mites etc., Can you help please. Joan
I grow some caffir lime trees in the pots and changed the soil with potting mix and compost a few months ago. Two of them had fruit but only small and the others didn't. One has slight yellow leaves. Is it better to grow them in the ground rather than in the pots? How do you make them bear a lot of fruit? They've been in the same size of pots for many years.
Hi, Our orange tree has lots of lovely big fruit but some of the fruit have split open.Can you please help?
Hi, I have moved about a year ago into a new house which has a lemon tree. It looks healthy enough and has lots of good sized green fruit on it but they just don't seem to be ripening. Am I being too impatient or is there something I should be doing?
hi there. I have to grow my lemon tree in a pot so I can have it in the sun much of the day. otherwise it would get minimal especially in the winter season. how do they cope with repotting when the time comes? I have heard they don't do good to be removed. is there some good tips I can follow when the time comes? thanks adrienne
I live in Christchurch close by Riccarton Bush.I have a massive lemon tree.Can I grow a lime tree on my property.Thanking you in anticipation.
Hi I have just transplanted a Mandarin tree from one side of town to my place it is about 1.5 mtrs high. The leaves are wilting and going brown. I don't know if it's to far gone but is there anything I can do to help it or am I best to try again with a younger tree. Thanks Shaun.
I am a new citrus gardener and I have potted Satsuma and Tahitian Lime which I feed with citrus food every two months - I notice that you recommend Seasol as well. What is the correct ratio of feeding if using both products? Have had an infestation of Hopper Vine insects which I have used a natural pyrethrum spray. Have also noticed a few tiny black beetles. Will the pyrethrum control both of these. Also, the Satsuma is developing some spiky lumps on the green fruit. What do I need to treat this with. Many thanks.
My lime tree has recently started to have the leaves curl up from the edges in large parts and some are curling and being eaten it looks like but I can’t find any bugs. I have pics I can show if anyone can help
Hi. We've just bought a place up in the hills in Oropi, Bay of Plenty. I expect we are going to have plenty of frosty mornings here and I'm not sure of where to plant the lemon and orange trees I was given. It's a very hilly property and my choices are up on the windy exposed ridge or on a slope in one of the little valleys. The valleys will be more protected from the very strong winds we get here but won't get as much sun and will make picking fruit difficult. Do you have any suggestions? Should I cover the trees in frost cloth? Many thanks Deanne
Hi I have several orange trees (Navel and Washington I think), which are probably 6 or 7 years old and produce fruit. However the fruit never seems to ripen fully (i.e. the skin doesn't go orange). Any ideas/recommendations? Thanks Ngaire
Hi We moved into our house last July and bothered mandarin and lemon tree have been fruiting almost constantly. Both need trimming as they’ve grown a lot both up and out and the lemon tree now has branches in the ground but I read somewhere that if fruiting or flowering pruning can lead to some disease. Is this correct? When is the best time time to prune? Thanks
Hi I have a very old lemon tree that has "moss" on the branches and is spindly in growth. How can I clean it up to get healthy growth and produce well Many thanks
Ata marie, I have a a mandarin tree with abnormally very large mandarins on it and there is only about 8 mandarins on the tree. The tree is approx 4 foot tall and 3 foot wide. During the summer season i gave the tree citrus food, fresh shelled kina juice whenever i went diving, copious amounts of water, some epson salts sprinkled around the drip line, blood and bone, i pruned the centre out, the garden itself has a 4 inch layer of bark also. The tree lives next to 2 feijoa trees and I'm in Hastings. I haven't opened a fruit yet as they are still green but I'm concerned as the last 2 years it gave us normal fruit with ample supply. Any advice will be much appreciated. Thank you. Steve
Hi there, we planted a satsuma mandarin a few months ago (dug big hole, filled with nice soil and compost). He's well sheltered, has grown a little and looks healthy, currently fed with a little bit of citrus food every couple of months. At the moment he's just one stick with leaves, how can we encourage him to branch out more?
Hi There, i've planted a sasuma mandarin tree about three months ago under a metre high with green mandarins already growing on it and starting to colour - as they aren't buds, should I still be picking them off the tree? Thanks Jen

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