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What would you consider the relative drip line of the tree currently?
My name is XXXXX XXXXX the way :_
how wide is the plant so far being in the 16inch pot?
Its probably about two feet. Its just a little tree that puts out a lot of lemons but it is currently being eaten up by insects.
what kind of insects?
I was told aphids by someone who looked at it. The leaves have large holes in them
what do the little insects look like
have you "caught them in the act"?
Ok I am going out to look at the tree. about five minutes. I will take measurements also.
i can sit tight and stay here
if you would like
you can take your ime
The tree is 2 feet high and 3 feet wide. There are no signs of insects other that the large holes in the leaves. Don't aphids leave signs of being present?
oh thats great
on the size
are you planning on keeping it potted for now?
Yes I have no reason to move it . Is that necessary to treat it?
no no i was just curious
usually aphids dont tear big holes in the plants
what region of the country are you in?
by the way, your drip line is basically the outermost point of the leaves
My question is still can I use this product if I adjust the ratio of the mix? I live in LA. Could it be the snails are eating it?
well if your trees limbs and leaves are 3 feet you can adhere to the directions
Is it okay to pour two gallons of water into that pot?
do you have adequate drainage?
citrus plants don't like to be completely submerged
thats why i was asking about draining
how much are you currently watering it?
volume and frequency
I hand water every day according to how dry the soil is.
do you know roughly how much you are giving?
im just thinking that overwatering wouldn't really have an effect ONE time
no, I just keep it moist. Any thoughts on what would put those big holes in the leaves?
let me just see whats native to LA
just the leaves? no flower or bud damage?
No bud damage. Its filled with buds now and new leaves
i did a little native LA research
the person who was looking at the tree might be looking at the asian citrus psyllid
which is similar looking to the aphid
they basically go after leaves and stems
you might actually be dealing with acouple of things
and then maybe a beetle known to tear up leaves.. because on first glance it don't think the psyllids cause such gross recognizable damage
what i would do is mix your bayer as you would if the tree with the 3 foot drip line is a non potted plant
so i thinnk that would be 1.5 oz
(check the label)
i would administer half and then half of the additional
just in case so you dont run into an issue of grossly over watering
ideally you only treat 1 time only
have you gone to a nursery with the plant for a diagnosis of the damage on the leaves to be sure?
I will try 1 ounce and 1/2 gallon to follow. If it does not clear up I will head back to the nursery. Thank you for your time.
I would mix it as a 3 foot drip line
but obviously because the plant is potted it will hold much differently than a plant in the ground
the solution and the water
follow the directions on the concentrate but then adjust for residual moisture and other drainage factors unique to your pot.
do you have slugs or butterflies where you are in LA?
have you checked the plant early in the morning before? typically slugs/snails are out when its a bit more damp..like early morning
I will bait it for snails today.
ok what i would do before you treat
is to actually try to be a bit sure on it
dont treat blindly
it probably wouldn't hurt it at all if it was snails and you treated for aphid/whiteworms for example but its just easier that way
if you find out its not the snails
your drip line is that 3 foot width now
and you should be fine on the concentration on the label, just adjust down slightly for the water volume because of the size of your pot and the moisture it holds