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I have a Meyer lemon tree that is about 2 feet high in a 16"

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I have a Meyer lemon tree that is about 2 feet high in a 16" pot. I am trying to treat it for insects with Bayer advanced citrus insect control. The instructions call for a minimum three foot drip line with 1.5 ounces in a gallon of water followed by a second gallon of water. How do I treat my little tree?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 2 years ago.

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hi are you are available?

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What would you consider the relative drip line of the tree currently?

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX the way :_

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:)

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how wide is the plant so far being in the 16inch pot?

Customer:

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.

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what kind of insects?

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aphids?

Customer:

I was told aphids by someone who looked at it. The leaves have large holes in them

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what do the little insects look like

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have you "caught them in the act"?

Customer:

Ok I am going out to look at the tree. about five minutes. I will take measurements also.

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i can sit tight and stay here

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if you would like

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you can take your ime

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time*

Customer:

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?

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oh thats great

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on the size

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are you planning on keeping it potted for now?

Customer:

Yes I have no reason to move it . Is that necessary to treat it?

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no no i was just curious

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usually aphids dont tear big holes in the plants

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what region of the country are you in?

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by the way, your drip line is basically the outermost point of the leaves

Customer:

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?

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well if your trees limbs and leaves are 3 feet you can adhere to the directions

Customer:

Is it okay to pour two gallons of water into that pot?

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do you have adequate drainage?

Customer:

Yes.

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citrus plants don't like to be completely submerged

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thats why i was asking about draining

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how much are you currently watering it?

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volume and frequency

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roughly speaking

Customer:

I hand water every day according to how dry the soil is.

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do you know roughly how much you are giving?

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im just thinking that overwatering wouldn't really have an effect ONE time

Customer:

no, I just keep it moist. Any thoughts on what would put those big holes in the leaves?

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perhaps beetles?

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let me just see whats native to LA

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one moment

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just the leaves? no flower or bud damage?

Customer:

No bud damage. Its filled with buds now and new leaves

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alright well

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i did a little native LA research

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the person who was looking at the tree might be looking at the asian citrus psyllid

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which is similar looking to the aphid

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they basically go after leaves and stems

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you might actually be dealing with acouple of things

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the psyllid

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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

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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

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so i thinnk that would be 1.5 oz

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(check the label)

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i would administer half and then half of the additional

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just in case so you dont run into an issue of grossly over watering

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ideally you only treat 1 time only

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have you gone to a nursery with the plant for a diagnosis of the damage on the leaves to be sure?

Customer:

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.

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I would mix it as a 3 foot drip line

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but obviously because the plant is potted it will hold much differently than a plant in the ground

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the solution and the water

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follow the directions on the concentrate but then adjust for residual moisture and other drainage factors unique to your pot.

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do you have slugs or butterflies where you are in LA?

Customer:

yes

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have you checked the plant early in the morning before? typically slugs/snails are out when its a bit more damp..like early morning

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before sunrise?

Customer:

I will bait it for snails today.

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ok what i would do before you treat

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is to actually try to be a bit sure on it

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dont treat blindly

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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

Customer:

Thanks

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if you find out its not the snails

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your drip line is that 3 foot width now

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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

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