Lime Trees
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Lime Tree

bellsangels3 added on May 1, 2011 | Answered

I live in south Florida and have a lime tree that is 12 yrs. old. We have had 2 bad cold spells this winter. My tree is now half dead on one side and other side has some leaves and also has limes. I have been pruning a little to get the dead stuff off. Help, this tree survived hurricane Wilma! Is it dying or will it come back if I can prune it all the way down? Thank you.

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Heather
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Answered on May 3, 2011

You might want to check to see if the branches are dead before pruning them off. This article will help you with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

If the stems and branches are still alive but just lacking leaves, they should regrow their leaves. If any part of the tree is still alive it can recover.

I would recommend removing the fruit that is growing on the tree. The tree will have a much better chance of recovering if it is putting its energy into recovering rather than putting that energy into growing fruit.

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