Citrus trees keep dropping fruit buds. - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Ana, CA
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Question by susancampbe
July 21, 2005
I have a dwarf valencia orange tree and a 'Pink Lemonade' lemon tree that both drop their buds. The lemon is particularly bad. The lemons get as big as a marble then drop off (if not before). The valencia don't even get that big.

Both trees were planted 18 months ago.

Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2005
It is not unusual at all for citrus to drop fruit. This is usually due to a young plant that is just not ready to set and mature a full crop load, but fruit drop can be aggravated by drought, soggy soil, poor pollination and other stresses. Keep the soil moist and fertilize with a light application of a balanced fertilizer (especially for citrus) every month or two during the growing season.

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