Harvesting

  • Budded or grafted plants start producing fruits at about 2-3 years from planting.
  • Full productivity is reached in about 10 years.
  • Oranges stay on the tree from 6 to 9 months depending on the variety and climate conditions.
  • Maturity is indicated by color change to slightly yellowish.
  • Most trees bear twice a year.
  • Harvest citrus fruits by clipping or pulling from the tree.
  • The use of picking bags or baskets is recommended to collect the fruit and to prevent contact with the ground to reduce lowered quality.
  • The average yield in Uganda is 10-12 tons/ha/year.
  • With good management, one can get 40 tons/ha/year.

One tree can produce 2 sacks (90-130kg)/tree per season

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