The Q&A Archives: Ripeness Of Oranges

Question: There is a small orange tree in the yard of the house I moved into. How do I tell when the oranges are fully ripe? I do not know the variety of tree, but approximately how long does it take for oranges to mature from the time the tree flowers?

Answer: Citrus ripens according to climatic conditions so there's no stead-fast rule in calculating when a particular fruit will be ready to pick. You'll have to harvest an orange and taste it to see if it's ripe. Citrus can remain on the tree for weeks after it's fully ripe, so there's no danger leaving the fruit on the tree until after a few trial and error taste tests. Wish there were an easier way for you to tell for sure!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Captivating Caladiums"