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GrahamD starts with ...
All new growth was eaten from my plant last night.I cannot find any visual evidence of culprit.
My guess it must have been a bird .Any ideas.
There is no sign of invader,no slime trail,no droppings ,no mulch disarray.My other citrus trees were not touched.
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10th July 2022 6:12pm
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Marmot1 says...
snails & slugs....
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11th July 2022 11:24am
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jakfruit etiquette says...
All new growth was eaten ?
Could possibly be rats or possums, both nocturnal. They can do a lot of damage in a short time.
I have had a rat strip bark of lemon trees and gnaw fruit. Other people have reported possum problems on lemon trees. I can't think of any nocturnal bird that would be feeding on Citrus trees ?
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11th July 2022 9:32pm
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GrahamD says...
My first thought was snails or slugs but there is no trace of either.This is virgin soil that doesn't even have lawn growing as I am getting ready to lay turf.
As mentioned my other citrus were not touched . I haven't noticed any pests about and I think the resident magpies will look after them .
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12th July 2022 8:57am
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jakfruit etiquette says...
The bite marks seem large and on fairly large twigs. Could it be rabbits or hares ??
The mulch is very close to the trunk. In some areas this causes problems, wet mulch on the trunk promoting root rot.
There are a lot of places for bugs to hide under the mulch. Beetle larvae may have come in ??
You could check at night with a torch, see if anything is climbing up.
Could be earwigs, they climb up at night. Other beetles, or their grubs also possible. Hawk moth larvae do this kind of damage, come up at night. You may need to net the tree to save the new growth tips. Losing the tips frequently really slows the growth down.
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