How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Harvesting and storing citrus
Fruit should be harvested when it has developed full color and, most importantly, full flavor. Some
varieties, such as Valencia oranges, may be greenish in appearance but still fully ripe. Citrus turn
color in fall when they are exposed to cold temperatures, but this does not affect the fruit sweetness.
Navel oranges may not be ready to harvest until the late winter, and Valencia oranges are usually
mature in the summer.
The best place to store the fruit is on the tree. Once
you pick the fruit, it does not increase in sweetness
or ripen more fully. However, if you do pick the fruit,
it will keep for about 4 to 6 weeks
Juice from lemons, limes, and Valencia oranges can be frozen for up to 4 months.
when fruit has full color or flavor