I posted this question last year and some really helpful person who lives
near me replied, so I hope you are still here!!
I have a Semi-Dwarf Lemon and one Orange tree. We live in the Phoenix
suburbs and this year they are both overflowing with fruit. I don't know
when I should pick them and what the signs are. I tasted one of the oranges
but they lack sweetness and taste more lemony than orange.
Can anyone help?
There are many varieties of the Orange and several are not very sweet. Some
are grown only for effect [they look splendid] and others for marmalade etc.
Make a decision after the first fruit falls naturally~ when the ultimate
taste will have been achieved. Some streets in Italian villages are lined
with splendid looking trees but are inedible to ensure they are not
attractive to children!!
Some can remain for very many weeks which is why they can be so ornamental.
Try waiting till one feels softish and has an increased smell. I have had an
Orange that looked so splendid that I was made to purchase rather than
destroy its appearance. If they are going to be sweet you will soon find
out~~if not then enjoy the appearance. Best Wishes.
My lemons still don't seem to be ready. The lemonade is still way too sour
for anyone but me to drink.
Nothing has fallen off the tree yet but it is covered with yellow.
In Chandler AZ,
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