When To Harvest Citrus Trees
Harvesting Fruit Trees Step By Step
When the out layer or rind is stiff and firm over the fruit this is an indication that it’s time to harvest. This basically means that the peel of the fruit is tight over it and there are no wrinkles on the skin and when squeezed the fruit should not be felt like moving or loose under the peel. The color is also another major indicator. For a Meyer lemon color should be yellow from all around with no signs of green anywhere. If you wait for your fruit to become spongy they will be too ripe to be used.
If you are in a rush and need to use the fruit immediately pick the fruit described above. If you are planning on using the fruit at a later date or plan on shipping the fruit you will look to pick fruit with that are slightly lighter in color. In the case of Meyer lemons you may even want to pick fruit that are only 70% yellow and still have some green on them. In all cases the rind or skin should still be very tight to the fruit.
When you pick the citrus there is a certain technique that is required so your fruit doesn’t get rotten or go bad. When you are harvesting citrus be sure to cut it from as near to the button that attaches it to the stalk as possible. If a part of the stalk will be left with the citrus fruit, that can damage or cause a cut to the fruit later causing it to get rotten and effect the other fruit kept with it.
When harvesting any citrus fruit avoid picking it in the time when the weather is damp. The fruit should be dry because damp weather cause fungal diseases to fruit and tree.
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