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Old 11-07-00, 01:41 PM
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I have an orange tree whose branches are not strong enough for the fruit, so it drops early. Just bought the house and the tree was significantly neglected and we're actually surprised it's bearing as much as it is. Does anyone know how far back we should prune and when? The tree has grown a bit wild, and the fruit that we have picked is too small or it's not ripe on the inside, so we thought we'd start to prepare for next season. Any ideas on what to do. Thank you
 
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Old 11-08-00, 09:22 AM
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I can give you some general information.

Generally any fruit bearing tree, if allowed to carry too much fruit, will have smaller fruit.

For oranges, pruning causes new growth which produces better fruit. All old growth that has died back should be cut off. Any branches that cross each other and cause damage by rubbing should be thinned out to eliminate that condition.

Before you head for the tree to prune contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for specific information regarding pruning, fertilization, pest control, etc. It sounds like you have a combination pruning - fertilization problem. They will be able to advise you on just what steps you need to take and how to do it.

You can find your local office by going to http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/statepartners/usa.htm. Click on your state, then your county. Find your local office and contact them for authoritative, local information for getting your tree back into shape and into good, quality fruit production.

Best - Ladybug
 
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