Mandarin will not grow?

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  1. PDB

    PDB Junior Member

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    I was given a mandarin tree about june 2006. It was about 500mm then and still is?? It will not die but will not grow? It is an Emperor on an trifoliata roof stock. It is in a sunny pos and the soil here is sandy so well draining, I put it in with good compost and it is muched. Any ideas??
    Thanks
    Paul
     
  2. ppp

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    I had the same with a lemon, untill it got eaten by a possum and never recovered..

    Is it the brisbane weather?
     
  3. ho-hum

    ho-hum New Member

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    PDB,

    I suspect the problem may be the rootstock.

    Check this out:https://www.bugsforbugs.com.au/pdf/Poncirus trifoliata.pdf

    If that doesnt work google ''trifoliata root stock australia''.

    Also, is it ground or pot? Another thing to be a bit careful of is the origin of the actual plant. It could have originated from a victorian or a southern NSW nursery. Is there a dwarf cultivar of emperor? I don't know.

    Lastly, there are unscrupulous operators in all businesses and I have anecdotal experience of grafters running out of rootstock and grafting plants back onto their original rootstock [to fill the last few of an order]. You may have inadvertently purchased one of these.

    cheers
     
  4. PDB

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    OK thanks, So do you think I should just leave it and see what happens?
     
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    If you don't need the spot for something more productive, you can afford to leave it and see. If you are space poor, don't perservere with unproductive. You decide.
     
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    check your pH. Citrus need an acidic soil. and lots of manure. then look at trace elements.
     

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