will it ever produce - Knowledgebase Question

Bullhead City, Ar
Question by moonman86442
March 11, 2010
i have a 5yr mandarin orange it has never bloomed, has 3 large trunks growing 10 feet tall with lots of thorns. what should i do? cut it down and start over with a new tree? its very ugly. thanks... Bill

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2010


Your description leads me to believe that your mandarin orange is gone and what is growing is actually the rootstock. If so, it won't produce - at least not mandarins. Mandarins are generally grafted onto sour orange or 'C35' citrange rootstocks. If cold weather kills the grafted part, or if you do not prune the growth below the graft union, the rootstock will take over. I would dig the tree and replace it with a new mandarin.

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