Asked on May 23, 2017

How long does it take a citrus fruit tree to bear fruit?

LightfeatherNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAJanet Pizaro


Bought peach tree a couple years ago. The tree is green and growing but has yet to bear fruit. I even saw a couple blooms on it about a month ago, then nothing. It had a strange looking growth on it and I sprayed it with organic pesticide. The growth was black and looked like a cocoon. It's very hard like tree bark, but looks nothing like tree limbs.
4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 23, 2017

    What type of peach tree?
    • War20839458
      on May 23, 2017

      It is a combo. Supposed to have several different pitted fruit. (Peach, Apricot, Plum)
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 23, 2017

    After the first year of established growth was any fertilizer applied?
  • First, where do you live? The grafted trees can take up to 4 years to bear fruit. Do they receive enough sun and water? Ever fertilized? If so, with what?

    Unfortunately, you do not have a "citrus" tree as those encompass, lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc. So if you have been treating the tree as "citrus" that could be part of the problem. Also treating an unknown "growth" with a pesticide, organic or not can stunt growth of the tree. Next time that happens, cut the growth off, place in a sealed plastic bag and take to a nursery for help and remedies. At least Google to find out what the problem might be.

    At this point it needs proper fertilization and lots of water and a boat load of patience while waiting. Once they do bear fruit you will be in paradise and the wait will be worth it. In the meantime, just enjoy as a beautiful tree in your landscape!

    • War20839458
      on May 24, 2017

      Thank you. I did finally cut the growth off. Doesn't seem to have affected the tree yet. I will do an online search to find proper fertilizer.
  • Lightfeather
    on Jun 1, 2017

    Sprinkle a cup of borax around a full-sized apple tree (or a couple of tablespoons around a young tree) every 3-4 years to add boron, a trace mineral, to the soil. It is needed for good cell wall growth and for fruit and seed development. We have been using this on all of our fruit trees including our pawpaw.
    "Borax is a naturally occurring mineral also known as sodium borate. It doesn’t cause cancer, accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment."
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