will oranges continue to ripen if picked early? the varmints have found my tree and begun to eat oranges. I would like to pick them early but if that would ruin them I will have to figure something else to do. thanks
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Unfortunately, oranges and other citrus fruits don't continue to ripen off the tree. Placing nets, tree collars, or other barriers on the trees that prevent the animals from climbing the trees can help. Some people have also had luck with animal repellents, but those tend to be a temporary measure.