Something ate my Valencia oranges

ronmiamiJune 23, 2007

I left this morning and came back in the afternoon and something had eaten my young oranges. I was devastated. Can someone please let me know what did this and how I can prevent it in the future. I have a Meyers Lemon tree and a Key Lime tree and I do not want this to happen again. Any help would be much appreciated. I am in south Florida and have seen many small lizards and 2-3 very large iguanas. We also have a little bit of an ant problem, but I can't imagine that they did this. Also, the tops of my watermellon seedlings and cucumber seedlings were eaten as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of Valencia Orange Problem

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birdsnblooms

I wouldn't doubt the iguanas did it, but possibly lizards, too..My son has an iguana, and he eats greens..hunts for my plants.. I don't have any idea how you keep lizards from eating fruit...even spraying w/peper is questionable..Toni

    Bookmark   June 24, 2007 at 11:52PM
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ronmiami

Caught a few black birds (crows?) this morning pecking at the last three oranges this morning. Looks like I am going to have to wait until next year to eat oranges from my trees. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 2:58PM
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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

I was going to suggest birds
looks it from the marks in the side of the fruit
depending on the types of oranges, your tree may still produce more this year
all my citrus have been constantly producing since January
My area of Ft Lauderdale, by the beach has had an exceptionally wet year so far, while other parts are in a drought
but yours may still produce more flowers
what kind do you have?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2007 at 3:23PM
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ronmiami

The tree is valencia orange and I am in North Miami. It has been pretty wet here. As far as citrus goes, I also have Key Lime and Meyers Lemon. Meyers lemons are starting to turn yellow and should be ready for picking in a few weeks, provided the birds don't get them. Key limes are starting to plump up really nicely.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 9:50AM
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