We own a property in the Palm Springs area. We planted a dwarf juice orange tree three years ago. No fruit yet but this spring the tree had prolific blossoms. Most of the blossoms ended up on the ground, perhaps helped out by many birds I feed in the yard. Now there are less than a dozen tiny, forming oranges. Is there some blossom drop disease or just birds causing blossoms to drop to the ground? Shall I net it next spring?
Riverside County California
Young Trees and Fruit Bearing -Normally, in commercial production, budded citrus do not produce fruit until their third year. The fruit
In addition to the above I will add - proper management particularly irrigation is very important for proper fruiting of trees of all types. Young trees can bloom very well but will not set fruit because they are not mature enough to support fruit yet.