orange tree that taste like lemons

kfrank3810(9b)December 13, 2005

I have an orange tree in my yard in Northwest Florida. The oranges look and smell like oranges but when you pick and peel one it tastes like a lemon. I have a watering system that smells a little like sulfur. It is used only on the yard.

Any suggestions.

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orangetreeluvr77

I'm not sure, but I think your tree has somehow cross-pollinated. Are there any lemon trees around your orange tree?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 4:31PM
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gatormomx2(9a)

Do you know what variety of orange tre this is ? If it's a Valencia , the fruit does not ripen until May so it may taste sour because it's way to early . Lots of orange varieties ripen much later than early December .
On the other hand , if a tree is sour naturally there's nothing you can do to change genetics . Just plant a new variety !

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 7:39PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Cross pollination WON'T make the fruit sour.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 12:14AM
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pecanman

You may have a sour orange that is used for root stock.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 6:19AM
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oceanmdx(Los Cabos, Mex.)

I had a tree like that, but instead of ripping it out, I grafted minneola tangelo to it - outstanding!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 10:20AM
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oceanmdx(Los Cabos, Mex.)

Here's a photo of the sweet lemon that I "top-worked" by grafting Minneola tangelo:

It has tangelos after only 2 years of grafting.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 11:47AM
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orangetreeluvr77

Well, my great grandmother has a lemon tree and an orange tree in her backyard, but the lemons were sweet and the oranges were sour. Just a thought...

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 7:42PM
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