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Why does my dwarf mandarin tree not produce fruit

My dwarf mandarin is in a deep pot (more than 1 metre) is about a metre high with lots of leaves. Otherwise seems healthy. I water and fertilize at same time as my lemon tree and cumquat trees in pots

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Hi Julie,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your citrus tree.It is not normal that your mandarin hasn't fruited and I hope I can help you to identify the problems. Firstly, is the tree a grafted citrus? Grafting is the best way to ensure producing the best true to type fruits in a short period of time. Have you seen any flowers on the tree? Fruit sets after flower, lack of flowers could lead directly no fruit. There are number of reasons: lack of nutrients, water stress, incorrect cultivation, bad rootstock. If it does bloom but fail to form fruits, you should check your watering (too much?), lack of pollinator, low phosphorus in soil. In general, try to use special citrus fertiliser in spring summer and autumn with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food. It's enriched with Dynamic Lifter and has added nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to give your fruiting plants the right balance of nutrients for their growing needs. Regular deep watering is essential particularly during warmer months. Protect your tree from pest and disease and check regularly for first sign of infestation to ensure a healthy citrus. If all the above points have been ticked, you may just need a big patient and a little more TLC, I am sure your citrus would reward you with bucket loads of fruits. Hope this helps and happy gardening. Best Regards, Louise Yates Horticulturalist



Answered: 4 Jul, 2016

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