Grapefruit tree needs help
I am in Los Angeles, and I have inherited a twenty-plus years old grapefruit tree, now in poor shape.
It was pampered in the beginning, lots of fruit etc, but was neglected for many years, so several main branches have died off.
Trying to bring it back, i first tried deep watering and fertiliser, with little effect. I then thought that perhaps the roots were now very shallow, so watered fertilised half the depth, and new growth started, some new shoots and leaves.
Come spring, we had hundreds, literally, of flowers, a few new leaves, and now the leaves are starting to fall off, and it's obvious the tree is still in trouble.
Am I wasting my time? Would i do better to put in a new tree as this one is in an irreversible mode? I intend to check soil ph, and a few other tests, if it's worth it, and also if the ph is okay, try some organic soil addititives.
you may feel I'm just being sentimental, but it was never the tree's fault it got like this, so i'm always hopeful
Richard Medway in Los Angeles