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Orange tree - Again!!

Posted by patid865 NSW (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 10, 13 at 19:35

My first orange tree grafted did not do any good. So we purchased another more mature, 1.5m tall grafted orange (there were no un-grafted ones anyway). Did all the right things (my husband planted this one). Looking good. Then some nasty microscopic black insect took up residence amongst the lovely juicy top foliage So we used white oil on the top foliage and placed small cups of oil to deter earwigs. Now the top foliage is being demolished. Please, can someone tell us what we should do?

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RE: Orange tree - Again!!

It could be spider mites... are there tiny weblike threads anywhere and the leaves showing tiny white specks?

If so, believe it or not a strong spray from a hose dislodges them, but you'll have to repeat the treatment a few times, and may have to address some possible cultural issues to avoid them in the future. They can really injure a plant in no time.

Good luck

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