Green fruit falls off citrus - Knowledgebase Question

Glendale, Ar
Question by jantrulock
September 23, 2009
We have a well-established tangerine tree, we notice recently that a lot of green fruit is falling off. What causes this and what do we do?

Answer from NGA
September 23, 2009


Citrus trees often set more fruit than they can possibly develop to maturity so they go through a natural thinning process where some of the small fruits are dropped. However, excessive fruit drop can indicate poor pollination or water stress so it's difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the fruit drop with your tree. It might be weather related or it could indicate lack of insect activity when the tree was in bloom. I don't think there's anything seriously wrong with your tree. I'm sure the tangerines you harvest will be tasty.

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