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by Hala on June 08, 2005 07:37 PM
Hi,

I just bought a small calamondin tree recently. When I brought it home it had one small lime that was overripe and falling off. Since then (about 1 month ago), it hasn't produced any more fruit. The tree is growing but I'm wondering what I could do to get it to produce fruit. It's well watered, fertilized, and in a warm sunny spot. It does have small bugs which I can usually get rid of with a mixture of water, dish soap and rubbing alcohol. I've given it the mixture several times and yet the bugs remain. Please help. Any ideas either on producing fruit or bug elimination would be appreciated. Thanks.

Hala

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by Longy on June 09, 2005 12:28 PM
Hi Hala, being a citrus, it'll take a season or two to get into the fruit production habit. Some citrus want to punch out the fruit in their first year and they become a lesser tree because of the stress. So no fruit for a little while? That's a good thing. Normally with citrus you try and stop them fruiting for a year or two so the root system can get established. Just keep doing what you're doing. Keep it fed, mulched and fertilised regularly and it'll reward you in time. Be patient. A month in the life of a plant is a blink of the eye.
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It does have small bugs which I can usually get rid of with a mixture of water, dish soap and rubbing alcohol. I've given it the mixture several times and yet the bugs remain.

Are the bugs doing any damage? What do they look like? Are they on the leaves or stems? What colour are they?

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by njoynit on June 10, 2005 12:57 AM
I'd guess whiteflies.when your spraying your tree do you get white things jumping in the air?They start here end of May-august& if not controlled they atrract others the aphids that leave the leaves a lil black,but will rub off.I'm doing neem this year with better results.I used safers insecasidal soap spray in past,but was haveing to keep it up every 3-5 days.I treated 3 times this year with the neem,10 days apart.I did this when leaf new growth was half way& the last shot was full grown leaves.This was done on my lemon tree,I did my kumquat also cause knew they'd fine it.Lime has been unaffected.

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