When Will My Oranges Be Ripe?

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)October 20, 2008

I have a Louisiana Sweet orange tree that's gotten big enough that I left the oranges on it this past spring after it bloomed. They've been growing gradually since then, and are now about the size of average oranges, but they're still green. When should I harvest these oranges? Will a freeze, light or hard, make the fruit inedible, so I should pull them off before a freeze? I've had my tree for about ?4 years - it was about 3' tall when I planted it. It's lost some leaves every winter from our occasional freezes, but the branches don't die back, and when spring comes, it just makes new leaves to replace the old ones, plus lots of new growth.

I'd like to harvest the oranges at the right time.


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Sherry, I don't have a definate answer, and hope someone chimes in, but if you pick fruit when unripe, especially since oranges are green, they won't ever ripen, 'off the tree.'
On average, citrus are picked around Nov-Dec. I'm sorry I couldn't be more help. Good luck, Toni

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 2:33AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Thanks, Toni!
Louisiana oranges and satsumas show up in the grocery stores around Christmas, but last year I left two oranges on the tree, picked them around Christmas, and they were bitter. We had had a light freeze, so I wondered if maybe the cold temps ruined the juice. If we have a freeze before mid-December, I think I'll pick some before it occurs and leave the rest to see what happens. Hopefully, there won't be any freezes before December, giving them plenty of time to ripen.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 10:31AM
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I've heard that where the stem meets the orange, that when that turns brown the orange is ripe. Have 4 orange trees and the oranges are either orange or almost orange so I would like some advice on when to start picking.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 5:56PM
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