The Q&A Archives: Mandarin Orange Fruit Bearing

Question: I recently purchase a young mandarin orange tree. The fruit turns yellow although not fully developed. Exentually, the fruit turns hard on the tree and blackens. This is a young tree about three feet tall. Is there something wrong?

Answer: Jack,

The fruit is most likely being aborted by the tree. Young trees are getting established and if stressed by drought or soggy soil conditions for a period of time may abort the fruit. Try to keep soil moisture even and you may also find that next season it is better able to hold a fruit load.

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