The Q&A Archives: Citrus trees keep dropping fruit buds.

Question: I have a dwarf valencia orange tree and a 'Pink Lemonade' lemon tree that both drop their buds. The lemon is particularly bad. The lemons get as big as a marble then drop off (if not before). The valencia don't even get that big.

Both trees were planted 18 months ago.

Any suggestions?

Answer: It is not unusual at all for citrus to drop fruit. This is usually due to a young plant that is just not ready to set and mature a full crop load, but fruit drop can be aggravated by drought, soggy soil, poor pollination and other stresses. Keep the soil moist and fertilize with a light application of a balanced fertilizer (especially for citrus) every month or two during the growing season.

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