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Harvesting from orange tree

Posted by sbd500 Florida (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 5, 14 at 16:52

We have a property where I now own an orange tree. It is now the beginning of March and I have a lot of oranges, and I also have a lot of new white buds. I have read that if the fruit is ripe (which it is), that I should pick the fruit as I need it, as the fruit will remain healthier on the tree. My question is-- wouldn't the tree be healthier if I removed the fruit now, as I am now seeing flowering buds?

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RE: Harvesting from orange tree

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 5, 14 at 17:07

It will flower fine with or without the fruit. My Washington navel oranges start drying out if left on the tree after about this date. But dates would be different in FL and might not apply to all citrus.

RE: Harvesting from orange tree

I just picked the last of my blood oranges today....made 2 gallons of juice. I do leave the grapefruit on and the lemons while the tree flowers it does no harm. The blood oranges are a different case as they are falling.

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