Sean Moore & Wayne Kirkman
Citrus Research International
Orchard sanitation is the regular removal and destruction of all fallen fruit and all hanging fruit, which is infested, damaged or decaying. Regular orchard sanitation has three major benefits, in assisting to control false codling moth (FCM), fruit flies and fungal pathogens. Orchard sanitation should be initiated early in November and continued until harvest. Thereafter, all out-of-season fruit should also be removed from the orchard.