I'll keep this short. I bought a mandarin tree back in March, a few weeks before the Covid-19 outbreak. I kept it in my room in London. It grew a lot of leaves and seemed to do well.

Then I left my flat for over half a year. My flatmate kept watering it for a few more weeks and then forgot. He might have watered it once or twice more in the months after.

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Now the leaves are yellow/brown and completely dried up although not fallen off. All the branches are brown. Is my tree definitely, 110% dead or is there anything I can do?

  • I have never seen a citrus recover from that amount of drought. Oct 15, 2020 at 4:50

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With a sharp knife gently scrape away the bark near the base of the plant. If it shows green, it's alive. If it shows brown, it's dead.

  • thanks, this is the kind of answer i was looking for (unfortunately the tree is dead) Oct 15, 2020 at 18:51

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