I planted a little Minneola orange tree that Dad bought me back in April. I was in a rush to get it in the ground, and as a result it's root ball collapsed, something that citrus doesn't like at all. It wasn't planted well, unlike the lemon tree that Dad and I planted together.
The poor thing has struggled all summer. It has been looking really sad with brown leaves, and no new growth at all. The fact that we have had such a hot summer this year hasn't helped.
However, I have been tending to it daily, providing it with lots of water, and shade, and I think the special care has finally paid off. Now I am seeing lots of new shoots sprouting out, which leads me to think that the roots are established, and it can concentrate all of its energy on growing now.
A welcome sight.
** Update. My friend Marilyn pointed out to me the fact that the new shoot is actually growing out of the original sour orange that my Minnneola was grafted on to! Of course I hadn't even thought of that but luckily there are also shoots growing above the graft as well so hopefully after removing that lovely new shoot that I was so in love with I am now safe. Phew, thanks Marilyn! :)
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