Blood orange tree does not produce fruit - Knowledgebase Question

bakersfield, Ca
Question by allenbyrd
March 3, 2011
I have a blood orange tree which has been in the ground for five years without any fruit production or blossoms. I have other citrus trees on the same lot and they are doing well. any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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If your citrus tree is not behaving as expected, it may be that it is the wrong cultivar for your region, or some environmental factor is affecting performance. This is especially true if it developed fruit the first year and it won't bear subsequent fruit. (That's a strong indication that the tree was given proper conditions at the nursery, prior to sale to you.) Let's consider some of the other things that might affect the production of fruit: Citrus trees need full sunshine, ample water, occasional feeding, and warm winter temperatures. Bottom line: having your soil tested would give you some concrete answers about the availability of micronutrients in the soil beneath your blood orange tree. Fruit trees can sometimes get into the habit of alternate year bearing because of some environmental stress. Both leaf and fruit buds can develop at the same time. If winter temperatures are cold enough to damage some, but not all of the buds, you'll end up with more leaves than fruit (trees need leaves to manufacture sugars for growth and fruit development). You can help overcome this habit by pruning back hard to encourage new wood that should produce the right combination of leaves and fruit. You'll lose production for a year, but once your tree gets into the correct cycle, the fruit it bears should be of a better quality. Hope this information helps!

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