Why does my Mexican lime has no leaves or blossoms and its 3 years old

Great growth when planted, within a year had lost most of its leaves, makes a feeble attempt each spring and just lingers. Still alive but hasn't grown an inch in 3 years. A few feet away is a healthy tangerine with fruit and other plants doing well. I suspect root rot but don't know the treatment. Venice, CA, near the beach, alluvial soil which tends to be alkaline and I treat with sulfur.


15 October 2013 08:10 PM

Hi Bob,

We have tahitian limes in Australia, which look similar to the mexican lime that you are growing. Most lime trees like to grow in a warm, protected spot, away from cold strong winds. Citrus such as lemons and oranges tend to cope better with colder conditions but lime trees really prefer much warmer conditions. Citrus also like good drainage and do suffer with phytophthora if the soil is not well drained. We have a product in Australia called AntiRot with active ingredient of Phosphorous Acid present as Mono-Di Potassium Phosphite. You may have a similar product in the US. This product can be used as a preventative as well as a curative. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your pH levels - ideally a pH of between 6-7 would be ideal. Hopefully you can improve the health of your lime tree and enjoy those delicious limes. good luck

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