Mandarin Orange Fruit Bearing - Knowledgebase Question

Boerne, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by kassingerj
May 29, 2006
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 from NGA
May 29, 2006

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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