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Non-Pests > Nutritional problems > Pomegranate decline, Maharashtra, India
November 2015. Pomegranate with leaves that are drying out on mature trees, sent from Maharashtra, India.
Jane O’Sullivan, from the University of Queensland if she had any idea of the cause of this bleaching symptom. This is her response:
“I’d be speculating wildly on this one. It depends a lot on whether it’s patchy or widespread, and whether it’s a problem that’s just cropped up rather than one that’s been plaguing the orchard all along and, if it’s recent, has the weather been wet or dry?
Supposing it’s associated with recent wet weather, it looks like photobleaching on younger leaves, that might be associated with iron deficiency in response to a manganese toxicity brought about by waterlogging. The plant most affected seems lower on a slope than the less-affected background plant, which would be consistent. If this is the cause, they’ll probably recover when the soil drains. If it’s a persistent problem, liming might help.
“However, it might be something else entirely. If the soil is already alkaline, it might be a direct iron or zinc deficiency, in which case liming would not be a good idea at all. They really should get a local agronomist to investigate”