Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Citrus Leaf Miner Problems

Here is a picture of the new little citrus tree that we planted in the Moonlight Garden. It is a combination of four types of citrus all grafted onto one trunk. It has lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines and I thought it would be kind of fun.
Unfortunately it has been hit with the citrus leaf miner which is becoming a problem in our area because there are few natural enemies. The citrus leaf miner is a little moth that lays its eggs on the leaves of citrus trees and when they hatch the larvae mines into the leaf and causes distorted foliage. Although it is unsightly it is not fatal to the tree and it only attacks the new, tender foliage. The best course of action is to simply leave it be or remove the effected leaves. I have two other citrus trees and they are more mature and do not show any signs of this problem yet.

3 comments:

nancybond said...

Fortunately, it doesn't do any damage and perhaps there's a way to avoid it another year? I really like the idea of the different fruit on one tree! That would be fun.

Aiyana said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today. You have a lovely blog. The agave attenuata you had in a previous post is just beautiful. They don't look that good in our climate!
Aiyana

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