Don’s Expert Answers: Weeping sap(?) from trunk of lemon tree. Southport QLD

Question From:
in Southport, Southport Queensland

Nature of problem:
Weeping sap(?) from trunk of lemon tree. Southport QLD

Type of Plant (if known):
Lemon tree

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Honey coloured ‘ooze, from trunk of lemon tree. Does not have a raised growth. Ooze comes directly from trunk. About 15 years old, good fruit producer.

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
Use a moisture meter to schedule.

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
All day, starting in morning.

How long since you planted it:
15 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
With lemon trace elements, My Lemon

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:
Lime directly to trunk. Pruning every 2 years.

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Other Comments:
Is not suffering from wasp infestation.

Hi Dominic; the bad news first: with the modern understocks, the lifespan of a lemon (and most citrus) trees is about 15 years, due to long term graft incompatibility. Having said that, your tree almost certainly has a fungal trunk and root disease called Phytophthora. Maybe you can save it by treating it with Yates Anti Rot. Chances of recovery are about 10%. Don