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Tim Kivi
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Permies often view things the opposite to conventional Gardeners so what's the opinion on citrus gall wasp eggs in citrus branches? Gardeners say kill all their eggs in the lemon tree but they don't say why: does it harm the tree and fruit, or do they just not like wasps?

Unlike most people I like wasps: they haven't stung me yet and they eat the caterpillars in the garden. But if they're detrimental to the tree's health then I'll cut their larvaed branches off even though new fruit are forming further down the branch.
 
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Howdy Tim, I am not familiar with citrus problems but I have many trees here in the north country that have wasp galls. Other than deform the branches , it appears to me that they do not harm the tree. And as you have said the wasps seem to be beneficial in the overall picture.

If nothing else this post will bump your question back to the top and maybe we will get someone who has more experience to answer!
 
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