August 31, 2020 at 7:07 pm #794
Please help. My calamondin plant was doing very well till I repotted it and changed the soil. After that episode a part of the plant has blossomed but some stems are drying. It doesn’t have a thick foliage anymore which was never the case earlier. I not sure if the drying stems is a natural process of ageing or the plant is distressed. Please help and advice how to revive my plant, I love it very much.September 1, 2020 at 9:04 am #796bertybertGreenhornSend message
Hi @Dini, it’s true it does look sad! You didn’t move it to another place, did you? Sometimes less light has that effect. Also it might be the stress due to repotting, it’s normal because sometimes many of the smaller roots are broken off when changing the soil, so the plant has to regrow them and in the meantime it loses leaves to compensate. It doesn’t look like any disease, but just to check, does the pot drain out into a saucer or something?September 4, 2020 at 11:27 am #806MonaliGreenhornSend message
Hi Dini! When did you repot it? If not so long ago, then it’s the transplot shock effect or distress as you said. Bertybert explained it well. With the adjustment it has to do after repotting, it needs more energy to regrow and so it has to give up some branches and in your plant’s case, smaller ones. You can prune those dead ones to get a healthier look. Not long it will develop new sprouts.
Or, if the transplantation was done a few months ago, then I can only say that it prefers bearing flowers than growing new leaves. I can see you have several flowers there. Generally, i think it’s doing good otherwise it won’t bear any.September 4, 2020 at 11:33 am #807MonaliGreenhornSend message
Just one last important thing, check that water doesn’t sit in at the bottom of the pot and water only when the soil is dry. 🙂September 4, 2020 at 4:36 pm #816
Thank you for responding. It doesn’t 🙁 but now I’ve put it in a pot that drains out. When I did that I noticed some roots had totally shrivelled while a couple were long and strong. I’m wondering if I could now revive the shrunk roots.September 4, 2020 at 4:39 pm #817
So are the branches that look dead really lost? I was wondering if they’d get healthier incase I improved the environment of the plant.September 4, 2020 at 4:50 pm #818bertybertGreenhornSend message
You can check if a branch is really dead if you scrape a tiny bit of bark off, with a knife or something. If underneath the skin there’s a greenish layer, then there still is hope that the branch will sprout new buds! But if it’s dry through and through, that portion is dead-dead. Snip it off and try again lower down. The shriveled roots are also done for, but having a few strong ones is a very encouraging sign. Good luck! 😉September 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm #820GracieGreenhornSend message
For me, fertilizer will help but it’s better when it gets new sprouts. I’d also suggest to move the pot really beside the window to get maximum light within the day especially that clamondin needs full sun exposure.
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