Fruit Trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ptrevisa1
February 6, 2009
We have an Orange Tree that is beautiful but the oranges are bitter. Why?
What do we need to do for better tasting oranges?

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2009


How old is your tree? Has it been protected from freezes? If it's an old tree that's froze back a few times, it could have frozen back beyond the grafts and is now fruiting rootstock. Another issue could be whether you've gotten a frost yet or not... a lot of times, oranges won't sweeten until it gets pretty cold at least once... if, after you get a frost or at least a good cold spell, and they're still not sweet, it's a pretty good chance you're getting fruit from the rootstock. Sour oranges are good replacements for lemons in various recipies, but pretty useless as far as eating goes.

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