dry, lacking taste, no juice oranges

madduran(z8CA)August 31, 2007

Help! I have this big orange tree that is about 26 years old. The oranges it produces are dry, lacking taste, no juice. Are the oranges freezing in the winter? But the meat inside is still good, not rotten. But tasteless. Is the tree too old? How can I produce good juicy oranges? I've tried watering it a lot. I tried not watering it, I tried organic mulch with nutrients, I've tried nothing no nutrients. Nothing makes a difference. I cut the tree way way back thinking that the new patch of oranges was going to be different, NOT. got any ideas? maybe there is someone out there that knows something I don't! Thanks

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birdsnblooms

Madduran, did you plant the citrus or was it there when you bought the land?
Did you ever eat oranges from this tree before?
If so, were they sweet/juicy? Do the fruit have a lot of seed? more seed than meat?

A few wks back, I talked to someone who had a similar problem..it turned out the tree that was growing was rootstock. LOL..It grew tall, and had quite a bit of fruit, but each and everyone were seedy and juiceless. Is this a possibility? I sincerely hope not..Toni

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 3:44PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

Are you trying to eat them right now? if so, the new fruit for this year almost certainly is not ripe yet. The old fruit, now a year and a half old, is way way way over ripe and would be all dry. Pull the old fruit off and let the tree put it's energy into this years crop. Oranges are generaly ripe sometime December to February, or a little later for Valencia types.
Hope that helps
Arthur the date palm guy

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 6:21PM
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monzar

I have several orange trees , they are producing plenty , very juice oranges, but they have no flavor. What could be causing this.?

    Bookmark   January 11, 2015 at 3:54PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

>Pull the old fruit off and let the tree put it's energy into this years cropOnce the fruits were fully formed the energy had already been spent.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2015 at 4:02PM
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tantanman(z9Tx)

Some seedling orange trees produce very bland fruit. Some give good
sweet fruit. If you have no graft line it may be a seedling.

Try fruit thinning, and keep it from staying really dry for more than a week in warm weather.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2015 at 10:02PM
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pip313

>Pull the old fruit off and let the tree put it's energy into this years cropOnce the fruits were fully formed the energy had already been spent.

Not true there is so much research that confirms leaving fruit on the tree will reduce next years crop. So obviously the tree uses lots of energy to maintain the fruit.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2015 at 4:48AM
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