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Fruit drop - grapefruit

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Alistair starts with ...
Hello!

A 2 year old tree of Marsh's seedless - very healthy-looking, putting out robust new growth, deep green foliage, and loaded with fruit.

But it has started dropping the odd one, prematurely ripened, blemish-less on the exterior, but with these brown blotches in the pith. Nothing wriggling in them.

The green fruit still attached to the tree have normal pith (well, on the one I cut open).

Two other trees of the same cultivar, same age and in the same bit of the garden, are both loaded with fruit but not dropping any.

Any ideas as to the cause please?
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Alistair
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Alistair

It's just normal for citrus trees to drop 80%-90% of their yield to focus on their resources for the remaining fruits to mature most especially for young citrus trees like yours. Anyway, another possibility is boron deficiency. The fruit develops a grey to brown discoloration, with pockets of gum in the white part of the rind. Citrus is sensitive to boron excess and only apply boron fertilizer or spray if you are sure that it is really boron deficient by having your g/fruit leaf and or your soil analyzed.

Happy Gardening :-)
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Alistair says...
Thanks for you reply! I did think possibly it just had too many fruits for such a small tree, but it seemed to be dropping them at a very late stage. I will look into boron deficiency - thanks again.
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