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I have a citrus tree called citrus medica(the etrog type).
It has produced flowers before but this year allot have budded. And as time went on I noticed flowers blooming and looked closely and what I discovered was that the flowers are missing the pistil. What caused this? How do I go about preventing this from happening again?thanks

Hi Matt,

My understanding is that it is normal for citron to shed the stigma and style, leaving the ovary after fertilization.  Here is a link to wiki, which has a good picture and information on the etrog citrons.


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Entomology,plant pathology, agronomy, native plants, useful and edible plants,medicinal plants,landscape design and installation, plant taxonomy and identification, cultivars and varieties, Botany, nutrient deficiencies, plant recommendations and troubleshooting.


35 years as a professional horticulturist and landscape contractor. I have a network of contacts at leading universities and with acknowledged experts in the field. I've restored the landscapes of several plantations, 2 Governors mansions and owned/managed 3 nursery/garden centers. I discovered a new subspecies of Emelia in 1997. I've locally introduced several native or volunteer species into mainstream landscape design.

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