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How often should I use Yates Chelated Iron on my mandarin and lemon tree who both have yellow leaves

I took a leaf into bunnings where a yates lady happened to be, she advised me that my plants had iron deficiancy and to buy chelated iron and to use it fortnightly. I have used it twice but I dont really see much of a difference I still have some yellow leaves. I was also told in between iron to water with seasol as that will help also. Should I be watering more often with iron? I dont want to over water either. I have also placed dynamic lifter around the trees as I was told that will also help. Am I on the right track?

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Dear Dina,

It is not unusual for lemon and manderine trees to have yellow leaves at this time of year. This is because the tree has been producing fruit all season long and consequently will be in need of food to produce new growth and flowers. Spring is the time to feed your citrus with a good quality fertiliser such as Dynamic Lifter for Fruit & Citrus. If you have already feed your tree with Dynamic Lifter,you can apply it again in 8 weeks time. You can certainly apply Chelated Iron at this time of the year to correct any iron deficiency that may be present. One application in Spring is usually enough to correct this deficiency. You may need to apply again if necessary, but now that you have already applied the product twice, that will be enough to encourage new green growth. You won't notice a change instantly so give the product time to work. Seaweed can be applied to your citrus tree as well as a fertiliser. Seaweed is a natural growth stimulant that will stimulate root development, promotes cell division and improves stress resistance. Yates have just release an excellent product call Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth. You are certainly on the right track - keep up the good work.



Answered: 19 Sep, 2011

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