Azomite Stops Citrus Decline
Azomite® Stops Citrus Decline!
AZOMITE® and Citrus Crops
J.F.L. Childs, Ph.D., U.S.D.A., Retired, was the Study Director for the various citrus research summarized herein. Research was published in the Proc. Florida State Horticulture Society 94. Article was titled, “Control of Citrus Blight Disease.”
CITRUS DECLINE SYMPTOMS
The term “Decline” includes a number of other names such as young tree decline, citrus blight, sand hill decline and rough lemon decline. In the order of their development the general symptoms associated with decline are: dehydration, delayed leaf flushes and blooming, deficiency symptoms (especially zinc), defoliation, twig and branch die-back (usually accompanied by vigorous sprout growth from the trunk and lower branches), fruit production declines during the entire decline development period, and the tree dies.
CITRUS DECLINE – CURE THEORY
The necessary unidentified essential trace elements are contained in AZOMITE. Good soil management practices, plus treatment of the soil under the drip line with AZOMITE will avoid and reverse the effects of citrus decline.
VALENCIA ORANGE TREES ON ROUGH LEMON ROOTSTOCK
Researcher reports all treated trees had an annual application of 1.8 to 2.2 kg (3.97-4.85 lbs.) of AZOMITE for a four-year period.
Treated Trees Check Trees Healthy Decline Percent Healthy Decline Percent Start 1,086 293 21.2% 1,173 242 17.1% After 4 Years 1,151 228 16.5% 989 426 30.1%
Research reported that the owner pulled all trees that appeared decline-affected, including about 135 AZOMITE treated trees that the researcher believed had started to recover. Even from the owner’s perspective there was a 22% decline decrease in the AZOMITE treated trees compared to a 76% decline increase in the check trees.
MURCOTT ORANGE TREES ON ROUGH LEMON ROOTSTOCK
Researcher reports that this small study was designed to test the effects of heavier treatments of AZOMITE. Decline trees received 6.8 kg (14.99 lb.) of AZOMITE spread by hand within the drip line and raked in by hand. Healthy trees received 4.5 kg (9.92 lbs.) of AZOMITE applied in the same manner.
Treated Trees Healthy Decline Total Start 25 25 50 After 1 Year 47 3 50
Researcher reported all healthy trees remained healthy and 22 of the 25 decline-affected trees showed almost complete recovery.
Valencia Orange trees in decline were recovered and became healthier with increased productivity with 2 kg/tree/year (4.41 lb./tree/year) of Azomite® in 4 years.
Murcott Orange trees in decline were recovered in 1 year with 7 kg/tree (15.43 lb./tree).