Q.Kaffir Lime Plant Leaf Drop
I have a kaffir lime plant in a pot which I have had for about 3 years. Every summer it lives outside on my deck (central NJ) and I bring it inside in the winter. It has always been very healthy, producing lots of shiny new leaves and shoots. When I first brought it inside this fall, it dropped a lot of leaves, but has been stable until the last week or so. It is now dropping dozens of leaves each day, and if I gently touch it, lots more fall off. What can I do? Some of the branches are now completely bare. Should I trim them back? I can post a picture if it would be of use.
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Leaf drop is usually associated with stress of some kind. It could simply be acclimating to its indoor environment. Also, if you have not fertilized it recently, I would recommend that you do that. Here is more information on fertilizing: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/fertilizing-citrus-trees-best-practices-for-citrus-fertilizing.htm
If you have fertilized, I would recommend that you make sure that you are watering regularly and deeply as leaf drop commonly happens due to watering issues. This article will explain more:
The best thing you can do is just make sure it gets the water it needs. The leaves will grow back. Here is more information: