Grapefruit Trees

Grapefruit Tree Dropping Leaves and Fruit

Zone 77043 | Anonymous added on January 15, 2018 | Answered

I have a grapefruit tree that was exposed to temperatures in the mid to low 20s a little over a week ago. The temps have returned to the 70s - 80s this past week. We have had some high winds and today I noticed that most of the leaves and several fruit have fallen from the tree. Should I remove the remaining fruit from the tree? What other steps should I take to help this tree survive? I appreciate your help with this matter. Lee

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Answered on January 15, 2018

Birds of paradise most commonly turn brown if they have been affected by frost or exposed to a drought. If your area has experienced freezing temperatures lately, this is probably the cause. It's best to wait until spring (when there is no chance of frost and when plants start to grow again) before pruning, which will help the plant avoid any further damage. Then, you can remove the damaged parts or cut the entire plant down if it all seems to be dead. It may still come back from the roots.

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