To remove or not to remove
I have an indoor
calamondin orange tree, acquired in March 2021. March-June absolutely fantastic
then June-August dramatically died- potentially due to overwatering. Mid August
it was resurrected via neglect and was quickly resuscitated using Baby Bio
houseplant food within 4 weeks to the pictures now linked.
Now that the past medical history is covered, I've identified that the bark is missing towards the top of the tree where it originally had life. My first thoughts were: Infection? Rot? Google wasn't giving a straight answer. My question is, is it worthwhile removing this top part of the plant with no new growth? The growth further down the trunk has been excellent and there are new buds coming from the trunk even towards the higher end so there may be a chance that this top area is still alive and could potentially be worth saving. To add onto this some areas of the top (Bark picture-lowest branch and close to trunk) are green and to me green equals life so this is another factor. Please note that I am not an experienced gardener/plant career so this situation is incredibly new to me if the answer seems obvious to you.