citrus trees - Knowledgebase Question

Beaumont, Ca
Question by mraldyl4
May 28, 2010
hi,i bought a lemon meyer improved and a dwarf oro blanco grapefruit, both of the trees have baby fruit and im concerned that if i plant them now the fruit will fall? should i wait in planting? thanks mary

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2010


Planting can stress a tree but if you're careful, everything should be just fine. Dig a hole as deep as the nursery container and slightly wider. Roughen up the sides and the bottom of the hole with the point of your shovel to help loosen it. Then slide the tree out of the pot and set it in the hole. You want the tree to be at the same finished soil level as it was growing in the nursery container. Set the tree in the hole and fill in around the sides, gently tamping down the soil as you go. Once it's planted, water it deeply. Water twice a week for the first two weeks to help it settle in and begin growing. You may lose some of the fruit. Citrus trees often shed some of the immature fruit when it's about an inch in diameter. This is normal and natural so don't be alarmed. As your trees mature they will be better able to hold the fruit to maturity. Best wishes with your new trees!

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