Grapefruit Trees

Grape Fruit Harvesting

Mr. Chuck added on February 19, 2011 | Answered

Does leaving ripened fruit on the tree delay the next crop start / development? Tree currently carrying a large number of ripe / yellow fruit, should I clear tree of some? Tree has estimate age of 12 years. We reside in Orange county, California 92691

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Answered on February 20, 2011

You should really harvest the ripe fruit for several reasons, the least of which is increased risk of tree damage during a storm or heavy winds with heavy fruit on the branches. Also, fresh fruit picked will last a long time under the right conditions. It doesn´t spoil so quickly if really fresh. And yes, the fruit will take some of the life out of the tree when it is trying to blossom for the next season. Hope this helps.

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