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just planted a small lemon tree. its leaves are curling. Why? What can I do?

I just planted a dwarf lemon tree a few days ago. Now, the leaves are kind of curling. Why? And what can I do? Is it getting too much sun?
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Posted 2015-03-06T00:13:14+0000  by gamab gamab

Hi gamab.


Thank you for your question and welcome to our community here at The Home Depot.


Your plant may be experiencing transplant shock.  Is your citrus tree is planted in a sandy soil?  This is great soil for a citrus which likes to in a well-drained soil. The trick here, is to make sure that the root system of your new tree stays hydrated.  In Southern California, that can be a challenge. 


What area do you live in?  What is your zip code?


Out on the West Coast, a newly planted tree needs to have regular watering especially for that first week especially during the dry periods such as we have been having in California.


Normally a tree planted from a container does not need to be shaded for the first week to ten days since it is a full sun plant unless the root system was disturbed too much such as would happen if the tree was dug up in one location and transplanted to another. 


The leaves may curl slightly when temperature becomes very warm like what happened here on the West Coast a couple of weeks ago.  The leaves may curl slightly when the temperature gets hot.  This is a defense response by the tree to prevent moisture loss.

On the other end of the scale, if you have watered your tree too much, the leaves will also curl up.  The leaves may also curl downward slightly just before new flowers on the tree are about to come out.  The leaves may actually fall off the tree during this event too.


Assuming there are no bugs on the tree, just keep monitor the amount of water that is given to your tree.  If you have been getting regular rain in your area, then you would not need to water the tree very often.  Once every ten days would be sufficient.  In a dryer climate such as California or Arizona, weekly watering may be necessary.  The length of time you water will depend on the size of your tree.  The larger the drip line, the deeper the root system usually.  This means a longer watering period.


Please let us know if you have any further questions.



Posted 2015-03-06T21:44:06+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
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