in quirindii, quirindii New South Wales
Nature of problem:
mandarin tree needs pruning but has already started to start growing fruit.It is a very old tree,but produces beautiful sweet fruit.I would hate to prune and lose fruit ,but it is really a big tree.
Type of Plant (if known):
Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
not sick just grows vry quick.
Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
How often do you water the plant:
How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
How long since you planted it:
was here when we purchased our home about 45 years ago
Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
yes we give it citrus fertiliser
Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
in the ground.
What other treatments have you given the plant:
spray it for big beetles which get on it about once a year
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really hope you can help me.It grows such delicious tasting fruit and would really like to get rid of these pests
Hi Fay, Don’t prune it. Older mandarins like your one may take 3-4 years to produce fruit after pruning. It is almost unheard of for any citrus tree to live for 45 years! Well done!!! Today, they usually die of graft incompatibility by 15 years or so. Back then they might have gone on for 20 years, but not much more. Leave well enough alone. Don