The Q&A Archives: thinning and oranges

Question: We recently bought a home in Sacramento, CA and we have a couple of young orange trees that are covered with buds that I'm told are the fruit. When the fruit turns into small oranges, do I thin them or do I let the tree drop the fruit?

Answer: Citrus trees tend to produce lots of flowers which never turn into fruit and lots of little fruit that drops because it isn't capable of developing to maturity. You won't need to thin the fruits on your orange trees. The trees will drop any fruit they cannot mature - just allow the trees to thin the fruit on their own.

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