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How do I look after a sick orange tree with blotchy markings?

I've recently moved into a property that has an obviously sick tree in the back yard. My neighbour says it's an orange tree but I wouldn't have believed her except for the shape of the leaves resembling a citrus of some sort.I'm not sure how old it is but it's about 3m tall so I'm assuming it's been there a while. It doesn't have the rounded shape I would expect from a citrus, it's fairly tall but wider at the top than anywhere else and the bottom 2/3 is mostly bare branches. I can't see any signs of blooming let alone baring fruit.The leaves it does have at the top look mostly dry & brittle but for the most part are green. There is a fair amount of twig dieback around the outer top edges, some of which I've already removed. The bark on the trunk & thicker branches has blotchy white markings on it... I've never had any citrus before so I'm not even sure what to do. I have removed the grass from around the base & mulched it. I've been giving it some liquid seaweed fertiliser once a fortnight & have cut off some of the dead twigs. Since doing these few things about a month ago it's started to sprout new growth from the main branches that before were basically just bare sticks. I'm wondering if I should cut it right back & essentially start again?Any advice would be much appreciated!ThanksDonna

Fruit and Citrus • Plants

What you are doing is fantastic, without a 100% positive identification it is hard to advise as to the best course of action. As what you have done is producing results I would keep it up until it produces flowers so you can identify it. Try not to prune it back too drastically as if the tree has been stressed in the past it may not have the energy reserves to bounce back. Try giving it a feed with 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.

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Answered: 15 Mar, 2015

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