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    Hi I have a new lemon tree about 4 feet high it was in a 10 inch pot when purchased last week and I have repotted it to a 15 inch pot and it seems healthy but the very new and green and perfect looking leafs are falling off is it in shock ? it is around 30cnow so I am not sure how often to water it I am on a very large learning curve so all help much appreciated** :(***** Morinja

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    Hi Morinja,

    We haven't heard from you in a while so I'm thinking that everything is growin well for you!* :)

    It's usually best to transplant to a pot that is 2" larger, not 5".* If the rootball was very rootbound and you didn't loosen the roots, that could also be part of the problem as it might not be able to get enough water to the center of the rootball.* If it was grown in shadier conditions then you have it in, that could cause sunburn and be the problem. Here's some sites about transplanting pots and growing citrus in pots.

    http://www.ourgardengang.com/containerpotting.htm
    http://www.garden.org/articles/artic...q=show&id=1294
    http://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/growing/containers.html
    http://www.thegardenhelper.com/dwarfcitrus.html

    Newt

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    • #3
      Hi Newt many thanks I am afraid I did not touch the root ball would standing the pot in a saucer of water solve my problem? there is so much to learn and I keep getting carried away each time I visit the garden centre** will look at the sites thank you***** Morinja* :)

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      • #4
        I wouldn't recommend letting it stand in water for more then 15 minutes.* Do you remember if it was rootbound with a very tight rootball and roots that went round and round?* If so, you only potted it last week, I would suggest you take it out of the pot and take a look at the rootball.* I think I gave you pictures of a rootbound plant before.* If not, lmk.

        Newt

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        • #5
          HI again yes the roots did seem tight so I will look at your site and take it out and loosen them up don't know what I would do with out all your valuble information**

          thanks Morinja

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          • #6
            Hi again well I have just seen some of my top large leafs are half eaten something is munching big time so may be this is my problem can't see anything on the leaves one leaf has a big round hole and the others have one side eaten*************

            Morinja*** :(*

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            • #7
              Hi again well I have just seen some of my top large leafs are half eaten something is munching big time so may be this is my problem can't see anything on the leaves one leaf has a big round hole and the others have one side eaten*************

              Morinja*** :(*

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              • #8
                Gosh, I don't know what would eat the leaves of a lemon tree like that,. With you being in Spain I'm not familiar with your pests.* If it's just a semi-circle taken out of the leaf it could be a leafcutter bee.* Does the damage look anything like this?
                http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05576.html

                Newt

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                • #9
                  Hi thanks for your answer no I have not seen a bee like that and the leaves are eaten all the way around and some have tiny round holes but I have noticed some very tiny ants brown ones near to my plants not many but I have put ant traps out* thanks again for your help Newt

                  moinja:)

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                  • #10
                    I am truly stumped.* I have looked at every diagnostic guide I have for citrus and can't find anything that would chew the leaves on a rooftop garden and not be seen.* Have you asked locally?

                    Newt

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                    • #11
                      Hi Newt* thank you well I am going to take a couple of chewed bits to the garden centre on Monday when they open and I will go out side late tonight and check my plant!* I have seen a wasp looking insect with long trailing legs but Ido not know the name will keep you informed about this mystery !!!

                      Morinja:D

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                      • #12
                        I would love to know what they tell you.*

                        Newt

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                        • #13
                          Hi Newt* well the garden centre say my poor lemon tree was begging for water as the poor thing is in a pot in full sun at 37c so I have given it a huge drink and it's looking happy but as to what ate* some of the leaves we don't know as no more holes have appeared ! that and my limited Spanish

                          looking forward to my first lemon

                          Morinja** :):)

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                          • #14
                            Great news!! *:dude:* Maybe when you water you should let the water run through to the saucer and let it sit in the water for a few minutes so it can soak up enough water.

                            Newt

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                            • #15
                              well problem solved with the munching insect* who munched half of one large lemon tree leaf* !!

                              I went to re tie a climbing plant next to my lemon tree and there was this grasshopper* munching so fast he was eating a whole leaf before my eyes on my climbing plant I removed him and had a look on the web and found that he belongs to the locust family but just an individual one* and to crush hot peppers in warm water and spray my plants! have destroyed him now know nothing about these insects as we came from cold uk to live here*** thought this would make you smile

                              Morinja :)

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