The Q&A Archives: No Fruit on Washington Navel

Question: I have a washington navel, planted as a very young plant, pencil size single trunk, which has been in the ground around 2 1/2 years and has not set fruit. It has grown well and appears to be doing fine. It has nevered had blossoms. Is there something necessary to have it blossom and set fruit?

Answer: Citrus trees need to be established 3 or 4 years before they will bear fruit. Since they're subtropical, temperatures below 25F degrees can damage them. Your navel orange tree needs full sun, a quick draining sandy loam, and time to mature. When it's ready, it will set blossoms in the spring and the fruit will develop 8 - 12 months later.

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