New to the forums, seems like a great, wise group! I recently moved into a house from an apartment, which has the benefit of outdoor space to do some crafting. House came with a lime and what I believe to be a lemon tree. I am not sure of the varieties and the lemon hasn’t yet produced a ripe fruit though they look to be large (5"+) and yellow… Pictures are below, they seem to be fairly healthy, the lime specifically blossoming and bearing like crazy, but have some problems. I also am reading to learn about the best way to prune the smaller lime tree as it’s kind of all over at this point.
I had a fair amount of white flies on the lemon tree when I moved in but have been spraying with water periodically and top dressed with worm castings, which I had been told/read works once a certain compound from it is taken in by the tree. This combo has seemed to work as I notice much fewer flies now.
Starting with the lemon (larger tree):
- I notice black bugs on some of the new growth and the growth looks more stunted and curly vs other new growth (picture of reddish growth with black bugs in the linke below)
- Really only the southwest “branch” (lefthand side on the overall picture) bears fruit, the other main branches do not
Lime (smaller tree/bush in the picture) has 3 things I notice:
- Leaf curl
- Leaf yellowing
- Little tips at end of some tiny fruit turn black and brittle and generally the fruit also then turns black and falls off
Photos of these are here (can’t post more than 1 pic because I am new!): Google Photos
Thanks for any and all help you can provide!! Really enjoying taking care of these so far and will be adding a couple new fruits this winter.