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Hello , could someone please help me with an inquiry rergards the growth of walnut like globules growing on the trunk and branches of my mothers lemon tree. This tree is amazingly productive and i would say is middle aged , is it possible it has reached the end of its days..thankyou
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Charlie2
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22nd May 2008 6:48pm
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Itdepends says...
Are you sure it's not gall wasp?- they lay their eggs in the branches- especially near new growth- causing swelling. I haven't had first hand experience with it in WA- but it sounds like what I've seen pictures of.
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Charlie says...
thx for your reply itdepends but i`ll upload some photos for you within a day or so , a picture is like a thousand words...:o)
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Anonymous says...
Citrus trees have a normal useful life of 20 to 25 years Charlie. The nobles are a common thing that i have seen before here in adelaide, but i dont know what it is.
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Carla says...
I think you have Gall Wasps. Please refer to the picture. There are no practical chemical controls for home gardeners. But the other alternative is to remove all infected stems (cutting back to well behind the galls) by the end of August at the latest, before the adult wasps emerge. Remove and burn cut off stems. Otherwise you will restart the wasps cycle. As your tree is middle aged a good prune and top dress will be much appreciated and will invigorate new growth.
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charlie says...
YES Carla...THANKYOU and thx all for your input but it seems Carla hit it on the head, MUM will be stoked i just hope her heart can take the joy..thanks again. p.s seeings the prob is gall wasps is it possible to buy an insecticide or is pruning a certain fix...thx again
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