Top Questions About Tangerine Trees

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Questions About Tangerine Trees

Asked by
bernd on
December 10, 2011

Q. Should I Prune My Tangerine Tree Now (Early Dec) to Help Control Insects?

Recently moved in, so not sure but looks like aphids (underside of leaves covered w/ small, white insects) took over this 20+ yr-old tree. Will pruning drastically now help prevent a repeated infestation next year or should I wait ’till spring to prune. Tree is +/- 15 ft and apparently never was pruned. Owner sprayed w/Malathion but little/no effect.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 12, 2011
Certified Expert
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Whether it's aphids or some other bug, I would recommend using neem oil to rid the plant of these pests. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

Tangerines rarely need pruning but since yours has never been pruned, it may not hurt to do so and later winter would be the best time to do it.

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Asked by
odamn on
December 16, 2011

Q. Just Planted a Tangerine Tree Outdoors

Hi, I just planted a Robinson tangerine tree in my backyard. It had 10-15 tangerines on it already when I bought it, but they were pretty old (I think) because they were pretty dried out. I just went out to cut the old fruit off when I noticed 20-25 new little fruits already growing. What’s going on here? I think the tree must be like 4-5 years old, and from what I read it is supposed to fruit in Oct-December. It was just transplanted like 3 weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d get fruit till next year, so any thoughts about what this tree is doing? Thanks, Terry

Answered by
Heather on
December 20, 2011
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Oddly enough, citrus trees tend to flower then fruit when they are stressed. Thus, they normally fruit during cooler temps, when the cool or cold weather is more stressful to the tree. The stress of being planted caused it to go into early bloom. For the health of the tree, I would remove the new fruit. It needs to focus on growing good roots to become well established and it would not help the tree to also need to focus on developing fruit at this time too.

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Asked by
Suewatkins on
December 28, 2011

Q. Tangerine Tree Not Producing Fruit

My tree looks healthy put it only puts on 1 to 2 fruits each season. I have another tree that is loaded with fruit. What is wrong with my first tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 28, 2011
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It may be lacking nutrients. I would fertilize it, as they are heavy feeders, especially when fruiting. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/fertilizing-citrus-trees-best-practices-for-citrus-fertilizing.htm

In addition, you may want to conduct a soil test to see what specifically may be missing. You could also add some phosphorus (like bone meal) to the soil to help promote blooming and fruiting.

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Asked by
cmtad on
July 18, 2012

Q. Do lime or tangerine trees have thorns?

Someone gave me a tangerine tree, but when I run the leaves it smells like a lime. It has long thorns that stick out along the stem and between the leaves, and the tree is growing straight up. I just pinched off the top few leaves as it is getting very tall. Am wondering what type of citrus tree I have. Thanks for your help!

Answered by
Nikki on
July 19, 2012
Certified Expert
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Unbeknownst to many, nearly all citrus trees produce thorns, so this is normal. Most likely, you'll just have to wait until the tree produces fruit to know what you have.

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Asked by
JillJan on
March 13, 2013

Q. Proper Care for Tangerine Tree

Recently moved to Florida. I have no experience with citrus trees. My tangerine tree has had some very good fruit since January. Some is still good–others a little dry. The tree is loaded with fruit. Do I need to remove some or most to keep it healthy?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2013
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Citrus typically self-thin, but sometimes, they need a little help. If you see an unusually large number of fruit developing, try removing 1/3-1/2 of the fruit.

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Answered by
KHARBAT1 on
December 12, 2015
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Sure, thinning fruits while they small will give the tree the chance to distribute the amount of feed to the remaining fruits , giving you larger fruits . I donot like to leave fruits in clusters of more than 2-3 Frits , some times I have clusters that show 7 fruits , may be it will lose 3 on its own , if not , I will remove 4 , and stay with 3-4 pcs

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Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
March 14, 2013
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The following article should answer your questions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/lemon-tree-fruit-drop.htm
Should you need other questions answered, there is a search window at the begining and end of the article. If you need further information, you might want to speak with a citrus specialist at your local agricultural extension office.

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Asked by
mac on
April 27, 2013

Q. Ponkan Tangerine Tree

I have a Ponkan tangerine tree. I planted it 1 year ago. It was doing fine until this week. All the new leaves are curling. What could be wrong?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
April 28, 2013
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Asked by
birdbreeder on
August 16, 2013

Q. Leaf Problems With Dwarf Citrus Plants

My lemon & tangerine dwarf citrus trees have leaves that are curling with a glossy finish and brown spots with holes in them. I have not found any insects on them and it is happening to new and older growth. They both have fruit on them that looks ok, but I am afraid this may keep spreading. Can you please help me? I have checked everything and have not found the right thing yet.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
August 17, 2013
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