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Citrus leafminer on lemon tree

Have just planted a dwarf lemonade lemon tree, it now has citrus leafminer on 1/3 of the leaves. I can get Pestoil but should I pick off affected leaves as well?

Submitted: 01:11PM, 18 Mar 2016
Answer: Hi Cheryl,

Thank you for contacting us regarding citrus leaf miner, they are such a nuisance for all citrus tree.Citrus Leaf Miner is a tiny nocturnal moth lays its eggs on leaves, a tiny caterpillar hatches, tunnels through the leaf distorting it as it goes to the edge, rolls it over and pupates there.
It is active all through the warmer months and you can control it by trimming off the damaged leaves and spraying Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray every 7-14 days. Click here for more info: http://www.yates.com.au/products/organic-gardening/pest-disease-control/Natures-Way-citrus-and-ornamental-spray/ So yes, you need to trim off the affected leaves and dispose them to avoid further damage, and with pest oil you will need to reapply every 5-14 days to deter the moth.

Hope this helps and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Louise
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 03:55PM, 18 Mar 2016

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