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Scottsdale, AZ

September 15, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9276348

Please look at the attached images. My mature orange tree continually has poor new leaf growth and they are always distorted. I'm assuming its some sort of pest that I cannot get rid of. Any idea what pest this may be? Its been a year since the tree grew "normal" leaves and its starting to look dainty. It has a full load of fruit on it, so i know the tree is still healthy, but i'm trying to get "regular" leaves to grow without any luck.

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Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 16, 2012
9:26 AM

Post #9276620

ugh leaf miners ! horid things that anyone who grows citrus will encounter here in the states.

September 16, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9277351

They're a caterpillar that lives (and eats) under the "skin" of the leaf. This makes it difficult to apply any insecticide as they are under a protective cover. As they multiply they get into all the leaves and the tree suffers.
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2013
6:46 PM

Post #9451748

There is a spray to deal with it but honesty only needs to be used on very young (small) trees. The chemical in it is called Spinosad and not something I want in my OJ ! But leaf miners can kill small trees not so much large trees they just make them look ugly.

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