orange tree - Knowledgebase Question

palm harbor, Fl
Question by randelrogers
October 11, 2009
new to florida. (new) house with established yard... a valencia orange tree - lots of oranges. when will they ripen. how long of a crop. should i prune. when and how. we are watering 3x wk for 20 minutes. have fed in june and oct. any other suggestions appreciated.

Answer from NGA
October 11, 2009


Valencia oranges are harvested from April through September/October. From blossom to harvest, it can take an Orange seven to ten months (depending on the variety), to come into full maturity. 'Valencia' oranges hold much better than other oranges. The best way to tell if the oranges are ripe is to harvest a few and taste them. Within limits, the longer the fruit stays on the tree, the sweeter it becomes.

Pruning should be done in the spring just as the new flush of growth begins. Sounds like watering is fine. Citrus are usually fed 3-4 times a year. Use a specialized citrus food and feed in amounts as recommended on the label (which will vary depending upon the age/size of your tree. Enjoy!
danger of freezing temperatures is past and just
before the spring growth flush.

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