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oranges falling early

Our navel orange is heavy with fruit but they are falling off early. The fruit appears stung through the navel and is inedible after ripening. We have had heaps of rain this year - >2100mm! I suspect fruit fly but have not seen any.

Submitted: 08:05AM, 10 Apr 2019
Answer: Hi Cecily,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

If you are based in the subtropical area and the plant has not been sprayed for Fruit flies, the fruits are likely been attacked by fruit flies. To prevent, try to control the pest during early fruit form with ‘Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control (Spinosad insecticide derived from a naturally occurring bacteria)’. The product works by tricking the insect into feeding on the spinosad-insecticide by luring it with irresistible bait.

Click here for more info on this product:

Kind regards,
Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 11:45AM, 16 Apr 2019


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