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Gardening advice on removing citrus fruit

Author: Cathy Cromell
Issue: March, 2014, Page 145



ASK THE EXPERTS

Q - I moved into a home with citrus trees in the yard. They currently bear fresh spring blossoms as well as old fruit. Should I remove the fruit?

A - Citrus stores best if left on the tree until you are ready to eat it, explains University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension (MCCE) Master Gardener Emeritus Olin Miller. When it becomes overripe or begins to rot, it can attract fruit flies, roof rats or other pests and should be removed. If year-old dried, shriveled citrus still hangs on your trees, you might want to remove the fruit for cosmetic reasons. If trees produce more fruit than you can use, consider searching the Internet for “citrus gleaners”—volunteer groups that harvest and donate the fruit to food banks.
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