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Question: I would like to know why is it that my mandarin tree is not giving fruit this year. We transplanted this tree a year ago. We have been fertilizing this tree, not too often, not to over due it.

It does not look dead, it's pretty much alive. It did flower but no mandarins this year.

Can you please advise me as what can we do to help this tree?

I do appreciate you comment.

Answer: You didn't say what type of mandarin you're growing. Some mandarins need a second tree nearby to act as a pollinator and some mandarins (such as the Satsuma) set fruit without pollination. If your tree has set fruit in the past but did not develop fruit this year, the most likely cause is cold, wet weather while it was in flower. Pollinating insects avoid cold, wet weather and as a result do not transfer pollen. So, even if you have what is considered a self-fruitful mandarin, inclement weather can stop the flowers from producing fruit. Hope you have better luck next year!

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