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Old 12-06-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have a cute orange tree which lives outside all summer, and spends the coldest days in a sunny window inside. So, this orange tree had abundant flowers and abundant little oranges, but only one grew to maturity. I am told that a citrus tree will purge the fruit that it cannot support.

Anyway, I have one mature orange on the tree and I don't know when to pick it? I think it will just stay there until I do, but I don't want to blow it.
I'm thinking of picking it when the grands are here over Christmas, but maybe I should pick it now?
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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I think it would be fine to leave it for Christmas. Oranges can stay on the tree for a long time.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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The First Harvest From a Young Orange Tree - Birds and Blooms
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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How to Tell if Citrus Is Ripe | Home Guides | SF Gate
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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How about when the color of the Orange is Orange?
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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when it falls by its own
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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How about when the color of the Orange is Orange?
Then you would be mistaken. An orange can be orange and still be very hard and sour. Our Valencia oranges were often ripe when they looked greenish or yellow.

Feel the orange. Is it rock hard, or does it give slightly? I would say pick one to see if it comes off the tree easily, but if you only have one, that's not the best plan.
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