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Yellowing Leaves on Orange Trees: My Orange Tree Leaves Are Turning Yellow

Oh no, my orange tree leaves are turning yellow! If you are mentally screaming this as you watch your orange tree’s health ebb, fear not, there are a multitude of reasons why orange trees leaves turn yellow, and many of them are treatable. Read on to learn about them.

Why are My Orange Tree Leaves Turning Yellow?

Cultural practices, environmental conditions, disease and pests may all be at the root of yellowing leaves on orange trees.


Yellowing leaves on orange trees are often the result of a disease, most often a fungal disease such as Phytophthora gummosis (foot rot), Phytophthora root rot (caused by the same fungus as gummosis), and Armillaria root rot (oak root fungus).

  • Phytophthora gummosis – Phytophthora gummosis presents itself as an orange tree with yellow leaves that drop with gummy inner bark, dry cracked bark with sap oozing lesions, and eventual spread to the crown and roots. Keep the trunk dry (don’t let the sprinkler hit it), scrape away diseased bark and keep mounded soil away from the trunk. Also, remove any branches that touch the ground and avoid injuring the tree with weed whackers or the like which will create an easy entry wound for the fungus to enter.
  • Phytophthora root rot – Brought to you by the same fungus as above, Phytophthora root rot can survive in the soil for a long time and is spread when the trunk base stays wet and infiltrates the root system with symptomatic yellowing of the leaves. If the damage is minimal, cut irrigation to allow the trunk to dry. If the damage is severe, remove the tree and fumigate before replanting.
  • Armillaria root rot – Armillaria root rot thrives in cool, moist soil and causes diminished growth, shoot dieback, and small and yellowed leaves that drop prematurely. Once these symptoms appear, it is likely the disease has spread to the roots of neighboring trees and, unfortunately, it will be very difficult to save them. Remove and burn infected trees and those surrounding the infected and fumigate the site before replanting.


Several pests may be the culprit in orange trees with yellow leaves.

  • Scale – California red scale preys on many types of citrus and is a true horror for commercial growers. Natural predators, like parasitic wasps, are used to control this citrus scale.
  • Mites – The citrus mite leaves bright red egg globs on the bark and leaves while stippling the leaves and green fruit yellow. Use oil spray between August and September to control these plant mites or you can try washing with soapy water every week.
  • Nematodes – Microscopic nematodes feed on citrus roots and are often combined with Phytophthora root rot. The best offense is defense; buy only resistant rootstock.

Nutrient Deficiency

Yellowing leaves in oranges may also be caused by iron deficiency resulting from a high soil pH, high phosphorus or low iron levels. This generally occurs in the spring when soil temps are cold and makes the leaves turn pale green to yellow. Apply foliar nitrogen, such as urea, to increase set and yield.


Prevention is the key to avoiding yellowing leaves on orange trees. Gardening practices such as proper irrigation will reduce the spread of diseases, along with the application of fungicide or pesticide and fertilization to buoy the trees defenses.

Unseasonable weather changes may also result in yellowing and leaf drop, so protect the tree by covering it or, if it is a container plant, move into a protected area. Additionally, remove any fallen fruit or that which is rotting on the limb to prevent attracting fungal or bacterial diseases. Prune out defoliated branches in the spring after the tree has completely leafed out.

Leaves Of Dwarf Navel Orange Tree Turning Yellow – Knowledgebase Question

Navel Orange (Citrus x aurantium)
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Several things could be wrong. When young leaves (those near the end of shoots) turn yellow, we ususally consider an iron deficiency to be the cause. High pH, high phosphorous and of course low soil iron levels all can result in iron deficiency symptoms. If older leaves are yellowing, nitrogen may be deficient. However, with iron or nitrogen deficiency, the leaves usually do not fall from the plant.
Root problems are a more likely cause. Root rot infection, physical damage to roots, drought and overwatering (soggy, waterlogged soil) can all cause leaves to turn yellow and fall.
Try to determine which of the cultural problems listed above may be the cause and take steps to alleviate it. If a root rot disease is present, there may be little that you can do at this time other than to avoid overwatering which tends to make things worse.
Another possible culprit is Citrus Mesophyll Collapse. Grapefruits are particularly susceptible but any citrus may be affected. It is not uncommon for grapefruit trees to be affected and other nearby citrus to be fine. Leaves and fruit of citrus trees dry up and drop. Stems and branches remain green and living. Rarely is the whole tree affected. Mesophyll collapse occurs when there are unseasonable weather changes. For example if it gets abnormally cold in October for several days and then heats back up above average temperature in November. This fluctuation stresses the trees as they kick into and out of and then back into their winter slow down. It is especially stressful after a dry summer.
Remove fallen fruit to prevent attracting fungal and bacterial diseases. Continue to water the tree on its normal cycle and it will leaf-out again in the spring. Do not prune out the defoliated branches until spring, and then only after the tree has completely leafed out.

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If you live in a northern European climate but have accepted the challenge of growing an orange tree then be prepared for certain amount of heartache, some of it justified, some not. One of the things that is alway a concern is the yellowing of the new growth. The young leaves emerge in the spring a wonderful burnished, bronze colour, but once they fade to their regular vivid, mid-green colour they can often continue to change to a rather unhealthy yellow as the leave grow to their full size.

Iron Deficiency –

The most common reasons as to why the leaves on your orange tree are turning yellow are also the easiest to correct which is usually down to a lack of availability of one nutrient or another. Citrus plants are heavy feeders in general and orange trees are no exception. If you are not feeding weekly during the growing period then nutrient deficiency is going to be just around the corner.
If the new growth is showing green veins with the rest of the leaf appearing light yellowish to white in colour then this is iron deficiency. If the new growth is pale green to yellow in colour the this is sulphur deficiency. If the leaves have a weird-looking inverted green V-shape at the base surrounded by yellowing then this is magnesium deficiency. If it is the older leaves that are turning yellow first and then followed by the newer growth then it s likely that nitrogen deficiency is the problem.

Nitrogen Deficiency –

Although they are not ericaceous plants, orange trees will appreciate being kept in soil or compost that is slightly on the acidic side. This will improve the uptake of iron and magnesium which if in short supply will result in the characteristic yellowing colour known as chlorosis. You can acidify the soil or compost by feeding with a liquid soluble ericaceous fertiliser, or add more iron and magnesium to the rooting medium to increase it availability.
Before commercial acidic fertilizers were available, epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) were a popular method of treating yellowing citrus leaves. A tablespoon of Epsom salts dissolved into half a gallon of water, should do the trick and this too can be applied as a foliar spray. The magnesium in epsom salts addresses magnesium deficiency while the sulphur helps to acidify the rooting medium. What about iron deficiency I hear you say? Well it was traditional to add iron nail or iron horse shoes to the ground before planting.

Magnesium Deficiency –

Citrus trees will also respond well to a seaweed based fertilized which are usually high in micronutrients. Not only are ericaceous seaweed fertilisers available you can also apply them as a foliar spray to help the orange tree receive its nutrients directly to the point of concern.
If your orange tree is not only showing a yellowing of its leaves but also other worrying characteristics such as a gummy inner bark, dry cracked bark with sap oozing lesions then it is probably suffering from one of several fungal diseases. Spray immediately with a systemic fungicide and withhold watering. If your orange tree is also suffering from die-back and dropping leaves then it is possibly under attack from honey fungus. Scrape away at the surrounding soil and if you uncover thick, licorice-like, bootstrap roots then your plant has been infected with honey fungus. Dig up and burn your orange tree to control the further spread of the fungus. Drench the surrounding soil with armillatox.

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Nutrient Deficiencies Compared to Citrus Greening

Citrus greening symptoms can easily be mistaken for a nutrient deficiency. Nutrient deficiencies are often symmetrical on each side of the vein whereas, citrus greening is asymmetrical. Below are the symptoms of each the seventeen nutrients needed by citrus trees.

Nitrogen Deficiency

  • Occurs on older leaves first then toward the younger leaves
  • Light yellowish to green leaves. Mature leaves slowly bleach to a mottled irregular green and yellow pattern, become entirely yellow and then are shed
  • Fruit peel is pale and smooth

Phosphorus Deficiency

  • Occurs on older leaves first
  • Leaves are small and narrow with purplish or bronze discoloration
  • Fruit drops before normal harvesting time, hollow core and thicker peel

Potassium Deficiency

  • Occurs on older leaves first
  • Yellowing of the tips and margins and gets broader
  • Smaller fruit size

Calcium Deficiency

  • Occurs on mature leaves with young leaves appearing normal
  • Leaves lose color along the leaf margins and between the main veins
  • Fruit is undersized and misshapen

Magnesium Deficiency

  • Occurs on mature leaves with young leaves appearing normal
  • Inverted green V-shape surrounded by yellowing
  • Fruit yield and quality is reduced; seedy varieties are more Magnesium
  • Deficiency severely affected by a magnesium deficiency than seedless varieties

Sulfur Deficiency

  • Occurs on new growth
  • Pale green to yellow in color
  • Fruit peel is pale and smooth

Iron Deficiency

  • Occurs on young leaves
  • Green veins with the leaf appearing light yellowish to white in color
  • Small fruit

Zinc Deficiency

  • Occurs first on new growth and remains on leaf as it matures
  • Reduced leaf size, narrow leaves, yellow mottled on green background
  • Decreased overall fruit yield

Manganese Deficiency

  • Occurs on young leaves
  • Dark green veins with a lighter green background
  • Small, soft fruit

Boron Deficiency

  • Occurs on younger leaves first
  • Leaves show small water-soaked spots
  • Fruit becomes hard and dry

Copper Deficiency

  • Occurs on new growth first
  • Leaves are uniform in color, long-willow looking leaves, bushy appearance, dieback
  • Fruit splitting, gumming

Molybdenum Deficiency

  • Occurs on mature leaves first
  • Interveinal chlorotic spots in early summer
  • Under severe conditions, fruit has large irregular brown
    spots surrounded with yellow discoloration

Nickel Deficiency

  • No one has ever seen a nickel deficiency soil-grown plant

Chlorine Deficiency

  • No one has ever seen a chlorine deficiency soil-grown plant


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Explanation: Mineral Deficiency in Citrus Leaves – When the citrus tree is not getting the proper nutrients, its leaves can begin to yellow. Nitrogen deficiency shows as light yellow-green leaves with veins slightly lighter than the foliage. New leaves are smaller and thin, and mature leaves begin to develop mottled, irregular yellow blotches. This yellowing can cover entire leaves, which then fall from the branches. When the citrus tree has a magnesium deficiency, yellow irregularly shaped blotches appear at the base of the leaves growing close to the fruit. These blotches will enlarge and eventually cover all but the tip of the leaf. Leaves retaining their greenish color will drop when the tree is water stressed or the weather turns cold. In soil pH levels below 5, use dolomite to raise the pH to between 6.0 and 6.5 and increase the magnesium readily available in the soil. Because each species of citrus tree has its own specific fertilizer balance requirements and soil composition is different, it is best to regularly test the soil with a soil test kit and adjust the nutrient level based on the soil and the citrus’s mineral requirements. (Source:

Citrus Tree Pests & Diseases

Like all plants and trees, citrus trees can be affected by disease and insect damage. There are some disease-resistant citrus tree varieties, and they are the best option for preventing many issues. Proper citrus tree maintenance such as watering, pruning, spraying, weeding, and removing fallen fruit can help control most insects and diseases.

Citrus Scab

Citrus scab is caused by a fungus and it produces slightly raised, pink or brown scabs on fruit and leaves. As the infected areas progress, the scabs will change color to a dark grey, and often crack. The clear oval shaped type of spores are spread by splashing rain and die when they become dry. The spindle-shaped form remain viable for a short time, and in addition to moving with splashed rain, can also travel short distances by wind.


  • Raised yellow or pink outgrowths on fruit or leaves
  • Small growths on new shoots

Suggested Treament:

  • Copper

Citrus Variegated Chlorosis (CVC)

CVC is a bacterial disease caused by a subspecies of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium. CVC is transmitted between citrus trees by several species of large leafhopper insects called sharpshooters. The disease can also be transmitted by grafting. Symptoms of CVC are very similar to nutrient deficiency since both result in yellowing of leaves. Early leaf symptoms of CVC closely resemble a deficiency of zinc, with yellowing areas between the veins of young leaves. As infected leaves mature, lesions become visible on the underside of the leaves opposite the yellowing areas on the leaf surface.


  • Yellow of young leaf surfaces
  • Brown lesions on undersides of mature leaves

Suggested Treament:

  • Pruning

Citrus Black Spot

Citrus Black Spot is a disease caused by the fungal infection Guignardia citricarpa. Black Spot can reduce the quantity of fruit produced by a tree, as well as the quality of the fruit. Symptoms include black lesions on bot the leaves and the fruit. All varieties of citrus are susceptible to citrus black spot fungus.


  • Black spots on mature fruit
  • Cracked or oozing black spots in advanced stages

Suggested Treament:

  • Cooper

Huanglongbing (HLB) or Greening

HLB, or Greening, is thought to be caused by bacteria carried by psyllid insects. Greening causes leaf discoloration that appears as mottling in various shades of light green to yellow. The leaf discoloration of Greening can be distinguished from nutrition deficiencies because it crosses leaf veins and creates asymmetrical patterns upon the leaf surface. Fruit may also be affected, discolored, and may drop. Greening causes leaves to fall, small new growth to die, the decay of feeder roots, decline of tree health, and eventually tree death.


  • Asymmetrical leaf blotches
  • Falling leaves
  • Fruit drop
  • Misshaped or discolored fruit
  • Premature and random death of branches

Suggested Treament:

  • Removal of infected plants
  • Foliar Micronutrient
  • NPK

Citrus Greasy Spot

Greasy Spot is a fungus spread by wind. The fungus thrives when periods of continual wetness saturate decomposing fallen leaves. The fungus will then migrate into trees through splashing rain or wind, and infect living leaves. The symptoms include leaves with yellow spots, raised brownish blisters, and eventually, black lesions that have a greasy appearance.


  • Yellow leaf spots
  • Brown blisters on leaves
  • Black lesions that look greasy

Suggested Treament:

  • Copper
  • Valet
  • Foliar Micronutrient
  • Citrus Anthracnose

    Citrus Anthracnose is a fungal infection that creates round, flat tan spots that have a purple outline. The fungus grows on dead wood in the citrus tree canopy, and can travel short distances by rain splashing or overhead watering, where it can then infect new growth and young fruit.


    • Premature stem dieback
    • Leaf drop
    • Post-harvest fruit decay

    Suggested Treament:

    • Azoxystrobin
    • Zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, and hydrated lime

      Citrus Canker

      Citrus canker is a bacterial disease caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas axonopodis. Canker creates lesions on leaves, fruit and stems, and can damage overall tree health and fruit production. Citrus canker is spread by wind-driven rain, and can be spread mechanically by transportation of trees, infected limbs, and fruit.


      • Yellow lesions on fruit, leaves, and stems
      • Brown lesions on undersides of mature leaves.

      Suggested Treament:

      • Removal and destruction of infected trees
      • Citrus Leprosis

        Citrus Leprosis, also called Nailhead Rust, Scaly Bark, or Nailhead Spot, is a virus transmitted by mites that causes lesions that are visible on both sides of the leaf. The lesions are round (ten to thirty millimeters across) and have a dark brown center where mites feed. The Citrus Leprosis virus is carried by the false spider mite (Brevipalpus) and since the virus can multiply within the mites, the mites can spread the virus to trees for the insect’s entire lifespan.


        • Small, round dark brown lesions on both leaf sides
        • Yellow halo around lesions

        Suggested Treament:

        • Miticide
        • Citrus Bacterial Spot

          Citrus Bacterial Spot is only known to occur within the nursery environment. There are three classifications of the disease: aggressive, moderately aggressive, and weakly aggressive. Only aggressive isolates are spread by wind-blown rain and overhead irrigation. All other strains can be transported among trees in a nursery by the process of moving vehicles and workers through the nursery grounds. Citrus Bacterial Spot mainly affects leaves, and infections of fruit are rare. It is easily confused with canker.


          • Yellow lesions on leaves

          Suggested Treament:

          • Copper and pruning

            Citrus Melanose

            Citrus Melanose is an infectiousfungus that lives on dead or decaying plant material. Infections of Melanose are caused when a substantial amount of the fungus is present on dead twigs or branches that are wet for an extended period of time, such as twenty-four hours or more, caused by either rain, or overhead watering. The fungus creates small brown spots on leaves. TheMelanose spots evolve to exude a red-brown gum, and become raised bumps that stand above the surface of the leaf. As the fungus progresses, leaves take on a rough feel due to the numerous bumps. Severe Citrus Melanose infections result in the dieback of young shoots.


            • Small brown spots on leaves
            • Brownish-red gum on leaves and stems
            • Raised bumps on leaves

            Suggested Treament:

            • Fungicide
            • Copper
            • Citrus Alternaria Brown Spot

              Citrus Alternaria Brown Spot is a fungus spread mainly by wind-driven spores. Spores grow on mature, wilted twigs and mature leaves and produce brown lesions on leaves and fruit. Citrus Alternaria Brown Spot can also be transported by the activities of pruning, picking, and transporting trees. Citrus Alternaria Brown Spot can affect the fruit quality as it creates pits, holes, and leaking depressions as the fungus lesions mature on the fruit. Tangerine varieties are particularly susceptible to Citrus Alternaria Brown Spot.


              • Brown spots on fruit
              • Depressed and leaking spots in advanced stages

              Suggested Treament:

              • Copper
              • Strobilurin Fungicides

                Citrus Phytophthora

                Citrus Phytophthora, also called Root Rot, is a type of mold that thrives in locations of constant moisture and high temperatures. Citrus Phytophthora enters the tree through the roots, and causes small roots and growing root tips to rot and die. Citrus Phytophthora can cause leaves to turn yellow and drop due to the resulting lack of nutrition caused by the damaged roots. Infected trees may also display bark peeling at the trunk base, and a brown to red resin oozing from the tree base. The mold also makes the roots susceptible to damage from root-feeding weevils.


                • Peeling lower bark
                • Brownish-red resin on trunk
                • Leaf yellowing

                Suggested Treament:

                • Fungicide
                • Use of resistant rootstock
                • Irrigation management

                  Citrus Pseudocercospora

                  Citrus Pseudocercospora, also known as Phaeoramularia Fruit and Leaf Spot (PFLS) or Angular Leaf Spot, is caused by the fungus Pseudocercospora angolensis. The spores require moisture to propagate and are spread by both wind and mechanical means such as transportation of infected trees or the movement of leaves when pruning and removing branches. The fungus produces flat, light brown to red lesions that have grey centers and mainly affect leaves but can also appear on fruit. The lesionsoften appear amid a field of leaf yellowing.


                  • Light brown to red lesions with grey centers
                  • Leaf yellowing

                  Suggested Treament:

                  • Fungicide
                  • Citrus Psorosis

                    Citrus Psorosis is a citrus disease caused by multiple viruses of the family Ophioviridae. Citrus Psorosis produces an escalating array of symptoms that include yellow spots on leaves, low fruit yields, small circles surrounded by sunken grooves on fruit rinds, and eventually, scale and sticky deposits forming on bark along with deep grooves or pits in trunks and large limbs. The Citrus Psorosis virus may reside in a tree for up to ten years without any noticeable symptoms. The disease is largely transferred through bud grafts, and as such, has been greatly controlled through the application of industry bud material inspection and certification programs.


                    • Yellow spots or irregular blotches on leaves
                    • Circles with sunken grooves on rind
                    • Deeply grooved trunks or pitted branches

                    Suggested Treament:

                    • Prevented by proper budwood certification
                    • Severely infected, older trees removed and destroyed
                    • Sweet Orange Scab

                      Sweet Orange Scab is a fungal infection of citrus fruits caused by the fungus Elsinoe australis. The fungus affects the appearance of mostly fruit rinds, and less often, young twigs and leaves. The disease does not affect the quality or taste of the fruit, but may cause some fruit to drop prematurely, particularly on younger trees. The spores require moisture to reproduce and are often spread during rain.


                      • Unattractive scab-like outgrowths on fruit rind exterior
                      • Sometimes similar scabs appear on twigs and leaves

                      Suggested Treament:

                      • Copper Spray
                      • Citrus Tristeza

                        Citrus Tristeza, also known as Quick Decline or QD, is a virus carried and delivered to citrus trees by aphids. Aphids such as the brown citrus aphid contract the virus when feeding on a QD infected citrus tree. The Citrus Tristeza virus can also be spread or, in effect, multiplied through the process of grafting stock for new trees. Many strains of the Citrus Tristeza virus exist, and their effects range from slight, ineffectual damage to rapid decline of tree health and a resulting death.


                        • Cupping of leaves
                        • Leaf vein corking
                        • Leaf flecking
                        • Pitting of stems
                        • Deep pitting of trunk

                        Suggested Treament:

                        • Treatment and control of Aphids
                        • Careful inspection for QD symptoms when grafting
                        • Ask Gardenerd: Yellow Leaves on Citrus Trees

                          Here’s a question we see frequently when it comes to citrus trees: “Our orange tree has yellow leaves. What can we do? It is a dwarf tree. There are some oranges starting to grow. — Janette”

                          Thanks for asking, Janette. There are several reason why your orange tree might be turning yellow. Let’s start with the most common reason.

                          Navel orange

                          Too Much Water

                          Most people water their citrus trees too often. Citrus trees, like most fruit trees, like deep but infrequent irrigation. In other words, 1x per week if the tree is young, 1x per month if the tree is well-established (thick trunk), and somewhere in between for trees that are in the first 10 years of growth. While citrus trees have some shallow roots, they don’t like being watered as frequently as the plants around them, especially the lawn. If your tree is located in the middle of a lawn, re-direct sprinklers away from the tree and use a drip line to soak the tree for several hours to overnight (depending on the age) less often.

                          Not Enough Nitrogen

                          Yellow leaves are often an indicator of insufficient nitrogen. Test soil around the root base for NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) with a simple home test kit, available online and at some hardware stores. The test will show your level of nutrients in the soil and will make recommendations for how much to add. Generally, amounts recommended in soil test kits are based on synthetic fertilizer levels, so you may need to adjust for organic. Most trees respond within 2 weeks on an application.

                          Sometimes It Just Happens

                          When fruit begins to set on citrus trees, the tree shifts focus from leaves to fruit production. So some leaves will yellow and drop, especially if nutrient levels are below adequate. This is somewhat normal, but make sure to address the above-mentioned issues first.

                          Old and new Navel oranges grow in harmony. The green one will be ready in December, the orange one set fruit in January.

                          Our Solution

                          We have a trick we use here at Gardenerd for ailing citrus trees that works pretty much every time:

                          1. Clear away all mulch around the citrus tree
                          2. Put down a layer of worm castings from 4″ away from the tree trunk out to the drip line (the branch tips)
                          3. Mix in a few handfuls of organic citrus tree fertilizer
                          4. Cover all of that with a layer of acid planting mix (Azalea or rhododendron mix). This helps reduce soil pH, as citrus trees prefer acid soil.
                          5. Put existing mulch back in place (don’t let it touch the trunk)

                          This trick can be applied every month until you see improvement. Usually one application is all that is needed for about 4-6 months, if you correct your water issues first.

                          Thanks for writing in, Janette. We hope this helps.

                          People wonder, will eating too many carrots change the color of your skin? The surprising fact is eating too many carrots, or other foods high in beta-carotene, can cause a yellowish discoloration of the skin, according to the Dermatology Clinic at UAMS. This discoloration, a condition called carotenemia, is most noticeable on the palms and soles. Unlike jaundice, though, carotenemia does not cause yellowing of the whites of the eyes. Carotenemia is usually seen in young children, is not toxic and generally does not cause other health problems.

                          Treatment for this discoloration is a change to a low-carotene diet, but it may take several months for the skin to return to its normal color. Just don’t substitute tomatoes for your carrots. Eating too many tomatoes can cause a yellow-orange discoloration of the skin called lycopenemia, due to the accumulation of lycopene in the tissues. The treatment for lycopenemia is also dietary modification.

                          To learn more about the personalized care provided by our doctors using state-of-the-art equipment and technology, please visit our medical services section.

                          This morning I have been reflecting on how, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, I might find myself a better (wo)man in this year. To help me keep my resolutions top-of-mind throughout the year I decided to associate each with a different hue. Thinking about making a change seems much more fun when its color coded, doesn’t it?

                          Choosing the first color was easy. I can only hope that I have the same ease in keeping the resolution.

                          My Resolution– Be a more daring and determined entrepreneur

                          My inspiration — The Color of Veuve Clicquot — and no it isn’t because a bit of alcohol might make me more daring or bold so read on.

                          Veuve Clicquot Yellow

                          I had barely made it in the door and removed my wrap last night before my host appeared with a crystal flute, an open bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a little good-natured chiding.

                          “The color of the evening is ORANGE!”

                          My lips popped apart about as fast as the cork had surely left the bottle of Champagne he was holding but being the gracious guest I caught myself before saying a word…however not quite fast enough to disguise the fact words had been about to spill out.

                          “What? What were you going to say? I know you were about to say something so now you have to tell me!”

                          “Oh it was nothing. Really.”


                          “Okay, all I was going to say was yellow”


                          “Yes, the color of Veuve Clicquot is actually yellow not orange. That’s all.”

                          My host looked at the label and then back at me and then at the label again and then back at me before exclaiming, “No way! That’s not yellow! (long pause) Is it?”

                          “Well I often hear people call it orange so you’re not alone but the company calls it yellow.”

                          “Really?” he said skeptically.

                          “I bet if I asked everyone at this party what color this is they would say orange not yellow” and that is exactly what he proceeded to do.

                          When the answers were tallied orange was the clear winner with yellow trailing far behind.

                          My host proudly announced, “I said the color is orange and Kate said yellow. Thank you for proving that I was right and not “Miss Smarty Color Pants”

                          Hmm, I think he might have meant to say “Miss Color Smarty Pants” but I suspect a few glasses of the bubbly might have had something to do with turning the nickname into a moniker that was (at least to me) much funnier.

                          This conversation did however remind me that my appreciation of Veuve Clicquot yellow goes beyond the delectable taste and signature color. It also extends to the woman behind the brand and she is the reason that I chose this as the perfect hue for such a weighty resolution.

                          The Grande Dame de la Champagne was a woman of great vision

                          Here’s her story as told on the Veuve Clicquot website:

                          Madame Clicquot’s life could have been typical of that of many 18th-century young ladies in France.
 Born into a wealthy family, she made a good marriage to François Clicquot, who owned a champagne business, in 1798, before giving birth to a little girl called Clémentine.

                          However, her natural curiosity encouraged her to take an interest in the house’s affairs, and, when her husband died prematurely, she decided to take up the reins of the estate.
Her strength of character and business sense transformed her family-in-law’s trade into a great Champagne House.

                          While her representatives travelled throughout Europe and her champagne was shipped across the seas the world over, Madame Clicquot personally took charge of the cellars, choosing her motto as only one quality, the finest.

                          She invented the riddling table in order to obtain champagne wines that were as clear, distinct and limpid as possible. She gradually acquired land in vineyards with the best crus, which are now part of Veuve Clicquot’s exceptional wine heritage.

                          Her contemporaries already considered her as a great lady and she became known as the Grande Dame de la Champagne.

                          She died in 1866, in her château, surrounded by those she had loved with generosity and tenderness.
Today she holds sway over every bottle of champagne sold by Veuve Clicquot, reigning over an empire of bubbles appreciated by all connoisseurs of excellent champagne.

                          If you are interested in reading all of the details of this incredible woman’s journey I recommend the book The Widow Clicquot.

                          Mandarin oranges


                          Mandarin is the group name given to several classes of small oranges that includes mandarins, satsumas, clementines and tangerines which all belong to the species Citrus reticulata and the satsuma mandarin Citrus unshiu. Generally, mandarin trees are small and spiny with long, slender branches. They can have an erect or drooping growth habit depending on variety. The leaves of the trees are lanceolate and may be hairless or toothed with narrowly winged petioles. The trees produce flowers singly or in clusters and globose fruits with a bright orange to red-orange peel and segmented orange flesh. Mature mandarin trees can reach 7–8 m 23–26 ft in height and can be very long lived if they do not succumb to disease. Mandarins originate from Southeast Asia.
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                          Mandarin oranges are commonly eaten fresh or may be processed for canned segments. They can be pressed or squeezed to produce juice which is used in many beverages. Mandarin essential oil is used as a flavoring in alcoholic drinks.


                          Requirements Mandarin oranges are subtropical plants and the trees grow best in regions with a pronounced change in season. They will grow best at temperatures between 12.8 and 37.8°C (55–100°F) during the growing season and 1.7 to 10°C (35–50°F) during dormancy. Mature mandarin orange trees can survive short periods of freezing, whereas young trees will be killed. Fruit will also be damaged by freezing conditions. The trees will tolerate drought conditions but perform poorly in water-logged soil. Trees will grow best when planted in a well-draining sandy loam with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Soil must be deep enough to permit adequate root development. Mandarin orange trees require full sun and should be protected from wind. Mandarin oranges propagation Mandarin orange seedlings are usually produced by grafting or budding to an appropriate rootstock as seeds will not produce fruit true to type. Grafting is the process by which a scion from plant is joined to the rootstock of another to produce a new tree. Budding is a special type of grafting where the scion that is joined to the rootstock consists of a single bud. Budding is commonly used in citrus propagation as it is the easier of the two processes and works very well. Common rootstocks for grafting and budding of citrus trees include sour orange and rough lemon. Budding Budding should be carried out when seedling stems have reached roughly the diameter of a pencil (6–9 mm/0.25–0.36 in) and at a time when the bark of the rootstock tree is slipping (this is the term used to describe a period of active growth when the bark can be easily peeled from the plant). Twigs (budwood) should be collected from the previous growth flush or the current flush so long as the twig has begun to harden. The twigs should have well developed buds and should be as close as possible to the diameter of the rootstock onto which it will be joined. It is extremely important to only collect budwood from disease-free trees. The use of diseased budwood can cause the spread of many serious citrus diseases which can kill trees. The budwood to be used for propagation should be trimmed to create budsticks which are 20–25 cm (8–10 in) by removing any unwanted wood and leaves. These budsticks can be stored for 2–3 months under the correct conditions but it is best to use them as soon as possible after cutting. The simplest way to join the budwood the the rootstock is by T-budding. The area to be joined should be pruned to remove any thorns or twigs and the cut made approximately 15 cm (6 in) from the ground. Using a sharp knife, a 2.5–3.8 cm (1–1.5 in) vertical cut should be made in the stem of the rootstock, through the bark. A horizontal cut should be made at either the top or the bottom of the vertical cut to produce a “T-shape” The horizontal cut should be made a slightly upward-pointing angle and should reach through the bark. Remove a bud from a budstick by slicing a thin, shield-shaped piece of bark and wood from the stem, beginning about 1.25 cm (0.5 in) above the bud. This piece should measure 1.9–2.5 cm(0.75–1.0 in) in length. Immedietely insert the piece of bud into the cut on the rootstock by sliding it under the opened bark so that the cut surface lies flat against the wood of the rootstock plant. Finish the join by wrapping the bud with budding tape. After the union has formed and the tape is removed, the bud is forced to grow by cutting the rootstock stem 2.5–3.9 cm (1.0–1.5 in) above the join about 2/3 of the way through the stem on the same side as the join. The top of the seedling should then be pushed over towards the ground. This process, known as “lopping” allows all of the nutrients to be diverted to the bud Once the bud begins to grow and reaches several inches in length, the lop can be removed completely from the seedling. Planting seedlings Mandarin orange trees can be purchased as seedlings which have already been grafted and only require planting in the garden or orchard. The best time to plant citrus trees is in Spring after all danger of frost has passed in your area. Standard sized trees should be spaced 3.7–7.6 m (12–25 ft) apart in an area that receives full sunlight, but is protected from strong winds which can damage the trees. Planting against a south facing wall will help protect the tree in cooler climates. General care Newly planted trees require proper irrigation to ensure they become established. During the first year, water should be applied at the base of the trunk so that the root ball is kept moist to allow the roots to establish in the soil. Newly planted trees should be provided with water every 3–7 days. The soil should be moist, but not wet. Trees planted in sandy soils will require water more frequently. Young trees will also require a light application of fertilizer every month in the first year
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