My lemon tree is dying

My lemon tree is dying

I thought it was dehydrating from growth of lichen which is spreading no matter what!   I’ve sprayed and sprayed.  Small patches grow to larger patches.  It started on the trunk and has spread upwards into branches and twigs

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Lichen … pronounced ‘ liken’ (American English)  or ‘ kitchen’ (British English)  On investigation, I discovered lichen isn’t a parasite, so it’s not sucking the juices out of my tree!

”  Lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. ”  Wikipedia  .. and there’s tons more to read where that came from.

My tree appears to have the lichen species foliose (frilly leafy) and crustose (flat orange)

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.. and a pretty ferny looking one (which I couldn’t identify)

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Lemons attempt to grow …

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… but end up like this …

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Soooo …. my 36 year old lemon tree is dying of old age and/or lack of water due to drought conditions.

Now I have a new one 🙂   it’s rather small and have no idea when it will bear fruit but I was not prepared to spend an absolute fortune on a larger specimen

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Grow lemon tree … grow !!!

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