Tangerine Trees

Tangerines Have Too Much Acid

Anonymous added on February 4, 2017 | Answered

The trees have a real good crop for the second time. The fruit is a good size and color but it didn't get very sweet. When you eat the fruit, the juice burns your lips.

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Answered on February 4, 2017

There are many factors that go into the flavor of the citrus fruit, including climate, harvesting, fruit variety and pruning.

The fruit need plenty of heat to produce the sugars needed to make the fruit sweet.
Oranges should be sampled before harvesting the entire tree, if they are still sour, allow them longer on the tree to ripen. Tangerines will not ripen further after harvest.
Some varieties of citrus are sour, these crops can be used to make jelly and jams.
Rootstock takeover is possible if the suckers are not trimmed from the tree. Rootstock is generally a more hardy and less tasty variety of citrus.


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