Thursday, September 20, 2012

And Another Ones Gone...

Another one bites the dust, hey hey!
Our lemon tree is dieing.  Another main branch wilted this month.  I cut off the first branch in July,and a 2nd one immediately began to wilt.   That one took August to die, and I cut it off last weekend.  Now, a third main branch is quickly wilting.  Leaves shrivel, bark splits, humming birds take keen interest in hovering around it, apparently looking for mites or something too small for DDF and I to see, that is high protein and irresistable to hummingbirds.

It will take the rest of September and the beginning of October for the 3rd branch to die.  Once it is gone, the tree will have less than 40% of its original growth.   Very disheartening, as the lemon tree had produced 4 years of bumper crops of juicy, organic lemons.  We are baffled by what is killing it.  Not too wet.  Not too dry.  It's likely a virus, or mites, or something over which we have no control.

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