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Bringing Citrus trees back to life
I have a Mandarin, Lemon and Orange tree. Last Summer I tried hand watering however it seems I negelted them quite badly and the leaves are all dead. The branches aren't entirely dry, they seem to have some life in them. I am wondering if I just keep the watering up will this bring them back to life or do I need to feed them or do something to the soil.
Citrus trees can suffer dieback and still revive. Frost or dry conditions could cause stem tips to die back. Go ahead and cut out the dead stems/shoots. The trees may resprout from the main trunk or major branches if the damage was not too severe. Keep the trees watered well. Established citrus trees usually need about 3 applications of fertilizer per year at the rate of approximately 1/2 pound of nitrogen per application.