Navel orange tree dropping fruits

bitmaster20June 10, 2014

I have a Navel orange tree in the side yard (West facing) that I planted almost 2 years ago. It didn't bear any fruit last year. This year it's bore fruit, but the oranges drop off before they have a chance to ripen. I water the tree about once a week. Would appreciate any pointers to rectify the situation. Thanks.

This post was edited by bitmaster20 on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 12:54

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Well, it's pretty chlorotic. First off, where do you live? Watering once a week may or may not be enough or too much, depending on your rainfall. And, you don't mention if you're fertilizing, but clearly, your tree needs to be fertilized. Not enough nutrients, or root compromise can cause fruit drop. It would help to have a full photo of your tree, as well. It looks like there could be some competition from surrounding plants/lawn for nutrients, so if you have plants under the tree, or grass, it needs to be removed.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:50AM
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bitmaster20

Thanks for the response hoosierquilt. I live in Orange County, California.

Regarding fertilizer, I have used Vigoro Citrust & Avocado Plant food.

There's a guava tree that's a few feet away on one side and a Ivy gourd trellis on the other.

The attached picture might give a better idea. The guava tree is in the foreground. The orange tree behind it. The ivy gourd to the right and a Jambul tree all the way in the back.

This post was edited by bitmaster20 on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 12:54

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:25PM
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bitmaster20

More pictures:

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:04PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Okay, not so bad. How much are you watering the tree, and how deeply? How frequently are you fertilizing? How much sun is it receiving daily?

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:18AM
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bitmaster20

I water it about once a week. I haven't been too regular with the fertilizer. The area gets about 6 hours of direct sun.

Regarding watering, how do you measure how deeply something is watered? Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 1:14PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

18 to 24 inches - the depth of the feeder roots for citrus. Any deeper than that is just a waste of our precious and costly water.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 2:03PM
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