Calamondin Trees
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An unhealthy looking Calamondin tree.

Zone 32163 | Anonymous added on March 2, 2018 | Answered

The bottom part of the plant has dead branches and very unhealthy looking dead leaves but the top has new leaves growing and it has beared fruit. Can I cut this tree down a little and start it fresh again?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 3, 2018

Branch dieback can be a sign of disease or environmental problems, or it can be normal as the tree grows. Please see these articles for more information:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs141
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ch159

You can prune out the dead branches, but be sure to sterilize your tools with a 10% bleach solution after making the cuts to prevent spreading any possible disease organisms.

If there are a lot of dead branches, check this article for diseases that match your tree's symptoms, especially in the "aboveground dieback" section.
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/C107/m107bptrunkrootdis.html#ABOVE

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