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Tallula Belle



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PostSubject: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:29 am

As the title says.

I have tahitian lime, lemon meyer and orange navel trees and I am getting a lot of sooty mould on the lemon tree and the orange tree. The lemon tree is small but produces fruit. The orange tree used to produce fruit but it's lacking nutrients these days. What do they love?

And how do I get rid of the bloody sooty mould?

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PostSubject: Re: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:21 am

If you have sooty mould it means your plants have scale insect which is sucking the sap out of your trees, then the scale insect exudes a sugary honeydew which the sooty mould then grows on.

So. you need to suffocate the scale insect by using Pest Oil which you dilute in water and spray on. Best done in the evening or on an overcast day or some scorching of the leaves can occur.

Scale insect usually indicates the plant is under stress for some reason, it can be too dry, or the plant could be diseased or simply hungry.

Citrus are gross feeders, and do not like anything around their root zone, as they have fairly surface feeder roots. Best thing for cirtus is to remove any grass out to the drip zone (edge of where the leaves cover) and mulch heavily. They love nitrogen, so try to get males of the house to pee around the citrus Smile

Otherwise you can use compost as a pick me up, sheep pellets/cow poo/ wood ash/ seaweed whatever you can lay hands on really to help create a nice tasty mix for them. They appreciate enough water, but prefer well draining soil.
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PostSubject: Re: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:05 am

Wow thanks, Ang. You know your stuff. I have some pest oil so I will go up later on today and spray them. Then give them a good feed of compost (chook poo, straw, etc) and then a water. It's been raining here a bit so I'll see what the weather does over the next two days and if doesn't rain overnight I'll water them in the morning.

I wish I had your knowledge. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:20 am

There is some great advice there, Ang. Mine tend to get sooty mould in Summer every year and I clean off each leaf individually (yes I know - crazy). This is great to know.
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PostSubject: Re: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:46 pm

Well I am not familiar with gardening but interesting little bit.... I think there gardening need much time and complete attention. Anyhow you shared very good information and I like you post. Thanks for sharing and please keep sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: How to boost citrus trees & remove sooty mould on them?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:29 pm

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