Why is the lemon tree losing its bark

I have returned from 3mth holiday and my dwarf lemon tree has lost most of its bark! It is in a large pot and has been watered while I was away. What is the cause of this? What do I do?


12 August 2014 04:39 AM

Hi Ryan,

Oh dear, it does look like some creature has stripped the bark from the limbs of your lemon tree. Snails can do this. All is not lost. With a little care and the onset of spring, I am sure your tree will be okay. Keep watering as you have been doing. In another couple of weeks when the weather is a little warmer, you can apply a good quality fertiliser to your tree. We would suggest applying a Yates fertiliser called Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food. It's enriched with Dynamic Lifter and has added nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to give your fruiting plants the right balance of nutrients for their growing needs. Keep up the TLC and your tree will be fine.

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