Fruit Splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Granada Hills, Ca
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Question by judyquitugua
November 6, 2010
I have a 5 year old orange tree. ripens in Jan or Feb. Some of my fruit is splitting. Any insight?

Answer from NGA
November 6, 2010
Splitting fruit is a physiological problem, a result of environmental conditions rather than a disease. It usually happens when the weather has been dry for an extended period, followed by a great deal of rain. Harvest the fruit and discard the affected oranges. Beginning next spring water your tree regularly, all through the spring and summer months, providing a long, deep soaking each time you water. The fruit should be just fine next season.

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