Why no flowering/fruits?

LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)August 3, 2012

I have an Ichang Lemon about 4 ft tall that gets morning shade and full afternoon sun, and a Satsuma Mandarin Orange about 6 feet tall that gets early morning shade, mid morning and early afternoon sun and late afternoon shade. Both are in their third year in the ground. Both had flowered the first year that I planted them, but the tiny fruits either fell off or were eaten by animals. This year, I had no flowers on either tree. I water fairly regularly, both on the leaves and around the roots. Any ideas why I am getting no flowers, and therefore no fruit? Do they need to be in the ground a certain number of years? BTW, I also have an apple that has not flowered and a plum that flowered but dropped almost all of it's fruits. The only things growing mad fruits are my fig trees. The soil is likely acidic due to many pine trees around. I live in a cutting in the woods.

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johnmerr(11)

Lemons love acid soil. You don't say anything about fertilizer. Citrus need to be fertilized 3-4 times per year with a good balanced citrus food applied at the dripline of the tree. Light is important; but the amount of direct sun is less important; I suspect your problem is lack of food. Another factor is rootstock; some require longer to produce fruit. Enlighten us, post fotos, tell us what you know about the trees. There's lots of help here if you give us something to go on

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:17PM
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houstontexas123(z9a)

agree with John on the fert.

also, make sure you clear out and weeds/grass/other plants atleast 3-4 feet from the base of your citrus trees. use mulch if your area is very sunny and dry. it also helps to keep the weed seeds from growing.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:25AM
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LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)

What is a good citrus food? I've been using miracle gro all-purpose organic fertilizer about once a month. Should I fertilize year-round? The orange tree does have some ground cover near it so i'll get rid of that. The satsuma is from Stan McKenzie's citrus farm in SC. The lemon came from a local grower but i know that he gets some of his citrus from Stan as well. I will take pics and post today. Thank you for the help.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:13AM
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LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)

Ichang Lemon

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Beach Weather

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 11:45PM
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LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)

Satsuma Orange

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Beach Weather

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 11:47PM
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johnmerr(11)

A good citrus food?? I like Vigoro Citrus and Avocado; also Citrus-Tone... there are lots of others; but I do not like anything Miracle Gro.... they sell to people who don't know any better and don't want to put the energy to learn. For my garden trees I also put a good foliar fert. every 15 days; I like Bayer Bayfolan Forte; but Foliage Pro and others here who use them are as good.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 12:46AM
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LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)

I guess when it comes to fertilizer I should have mentioned that it needs to be organic. That plus living in Virginia Beach may limit my options.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 8:47AM
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johnmerr(11)

Espoma Citrus-Tone is organic; in fact it is the only organic fert. I use.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 12:51PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

The Satsuma looks like it needs more sun. When a plant grows thin and stretched like that it is trying to reach and absorb as much sun as it can get. Even if it did make fruit I doubt the branches would be able to support it. At 3 years you should not have to support a tree with bamboo, at least a tree with no fruit. It could also be a sucker tree. That type of growth is usually a good indicator that you might have one or more suckers growing that you need to cut from below the graft.

If feeding doesnt help, try to see if there is a way to give them more sun and maybe less water. Citrus are semi drought tolerant and do not like wet feet. Citrus love sun all day, high heat with no humidity (less than %60), and a deep watering once every 3-5 days depending on how hot it is outside and dry the soil is. Citrus also love to eat when growing and do not like competition from other plants and root systems.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:02PM
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