Why is my mandarin fruit not ripening

I have a dwarf mandarin tree. For the past several months there has been lots of fruit in the tree but it never grows bigger than a 10c piece. The fruit also never changes colour from green to orange. I have been applying citrus fertiliser as well as liquid seaweed but no change.


22 May 2012 11:34 AM

Hi Peter,

Mandarins will ripen over time and can be picked progressively. They prefer a sunny position, preferably facing north and protected from strong winds. Some varieties such as Imperial will be ready to pick in late Autumn depending on the season. Other varieties will ripen later. Ensure there is adequate water. If the tree is quite young then there may be too many fruit on the tree and some may fall prematurely. Is the tree planted in a pot or in the ground?

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