One of the oranges on my Dwarf Washington has split. Contents revealed about
I can't upload pic because something's wrong on computer.
Did this ever happen to NG member?
Is it safe to let it keep on maturing?
Normally (hah!) oranges ripen about January; maybe this year a little sooner?
Who knows - climate has gone beserk. This is So. Calif coastal.
On Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:33:25 -0700 (PDT), Hypatia Nachshon
Always happy to help, and if it is something I do not know myself
(that covers a *LOT* of stuff!), my instinct is to find an extension
service or university ag department in my immediate area that is
familiar with local plantings and problems.
These sources are generally sources of excellent diagnostics and
proven remedies. The only drawbacks are that often Big Ag is supported
answers may be geared to professional growers, rather than home
This is usually caused by uneven moisture in the soil. First, it is too
dry; then, it is too wet.
In the ground, you should allow the soil to dry to a depth of about 1-2
inches and then irrigate. When you irrigate, do not allow the soil to
become soggy. Citrus requires good drainage.
I have three dwarf citrus in large pots. See
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/dwarf_citrus.html . In the pots, I used
my own home-made potting mix; see
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_potting_mix.html . With the
current drought, these get watered 15 minutes twice each week via a drip
system; previously, I watered them every third day for about 20-25
I also have a dwarf tangelo in a raised bed framed with lose concrete
blocks. For this, I dug to a depth equal to the height of the blocks.
I stirred compost, wood chips, peat moss, coarse sand, and gypsum into
the native clay soil. Every other year, I apply more gypsum to maintain
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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