orange fruit - Knowledgebase Question

ontario, Ca
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Question by huezito
October 30, 2009
my oranges just before the ripen they split and become non-eatable,what is wrong.ramon

Answer from NGA
October 30, 2009
Splitting is the result of environmental or cultural conditions. It happens when water and sugar are transported from the roots of the plant to the fruit and the rind is not able to expand quickly enough to contain the added pressure. This is more common on thin-skinned oranges or fruit that is sunburned and therefore less elastic. Splitting is usually associated with fluctuations in temperature, humidity and soil moisture. You can help avoid the problem by watering and fertilizing regularly while the fruit is developing. While the split fruit is edible, it is usually immature and not very tasty. Best wishes with your orange tree.

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