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orange tree that taste like lemons

Posted by kfrank3810 9b (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 13, 05 at 10:55

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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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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 !


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 14, 05 at 0:14

Cross pollination WON'T make the fruit sour.


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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.


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RE: orange tree that taste like lemons

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...


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