Odd Citrus Splitting

Hi, So Cal high desert area questioning. What could be the cause of one of three different citrus trees giving fruits that near to completely split o pen early in ripening? The one "splitter" in an odd orange sort I don't kno w the name of, but it is smooth skinned with sturdy segments and has a deli cious orange-peach flavor (best description I can come up with). The lemon and blood orange trees are now just over 20 years old and produce far more fruits than even giving away can keep up with. The odd orange is the same age, though produces nothing to as many as 23 fruits each year (zero for t he beginning four years, then 6 to 23 between other barren years). The cur rent problem is fruits splitting, what may be the cause and what can I do a bout it? Thanks for any help I may find here, Jeanine
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On 11/14/2014 1:23 PM, Picky wrote:

followed by heavy watering. There may be other reasons out there but that was what happened to a Satsuma I had at that time.
Have you checked with your state agriculture agent?
George
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No, George, I have not checked with anyone, just here. My desert area has just one nursery (inherited by my next door neighbor) with little actual knowledge of growing things.
It seems odd to me that watering could be the problem because the entire yard is on an automatic system that waters five minutes AM then 10 minutes PM. Plus the problem tree is next to the prolific lemon that bears too many to find use for each year.
Those two trees are in a center yard, raised rock covered and curbed bed with soil beneath, sand under all, and are only shaded by a Cottonwood as the sun goes down.
As to the two miniature apricot trees, sad to have bothered with planting them. The skin is tough and the barely more than quarter size fruit that does not fall off even before ripening is all but tasteless.
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Picky wrote:

This is a poor watering regime as it will be only watering the surface. This means that you are encouraging shallow roots and you will lose much to evaporation. Two hours once a week would be far better use of the same amount of water.
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