The fruit drop in the Florida citrus industry has been big news lately, such as talked about in this article in the Lakeland Ledger and this one in Fresh Plaza. There are a lot of possible contributing factors to this drop and it’s generally thought that greening is the biggest culprit. But, another reason can be what we call “overbearing”, which is where trees simply set more fruit than the physiology of the tree is able to support. This photo shows an example of a heavy fruit set in a Florida orange grove resulting from the recent bloom this season. It’s not likely all such fruit will hang on the tree until maturity.