eating my citrus
live in Golden Bay near the coast. However, the garden is sheltered
from the sea breeze and during the winter there is no wind at all.
I have a problem with something eating the new growth on the citrus
trees and I had noticed it before when I lived in Richmond. There
is nothing to see, so it is not aphids, but the new branches become
green bare sticks. I like to be organic so have sprayed with rhubarb
spray and sometimes that seems to work. However, the trees are new
last season, and after nursing them through the drought and then
severe frosts, they are going to need all the help they can get
to come away this spring. Can you suggest what might be eating new
leaves? There are none forming yet, but I want to be ready for them
when they do.
do not know of an insect that will completely strip branches without
leaving some evidence. Are there leaves lying on the ground or are
they being eaten? I suspect possums are the culprit. You could try
spraying your citrus with liquid sheep manure as a foliar feed or
smearing raw lanolin (available from a pharmacy) over plants. Possums
are deterred by the smell. Fish based liquid fertilisers may also
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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