Orange Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
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Question by macman1st
June 25, 2009
WE have a mature orange tree. It seems to produce continuously. We have baby fruit,ripening fruit and old fruit. Is there not a time when it should rest and I should pull all the old oranges off?

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2009
Oranges will remain on the tree for several months but they should probably be removed by late February so the tree can concentrate on the new fruit it is producing. I harvest my mature oranges each time the tree puts out a fresh flush of flowers. Depending upon weather, that's usually in mid-January. That's also when I prune. This way I know where the new fruit will be developing and I can control the size of the tree. With your tree I would suggest you harvest all the full sized fruit that you know is mature and allow the tree to concentrate on maturing whatever else is there. Enjoy your oranges!

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