Like many fruit trees species, citrus trees blossom with high profusion and thereafter exhibit massive fruitlet abscission. Current evidence indicates that this process is under hormonal and metabolic regulation (Gillaspy et al. 1993). In citrus, it has been suggested that after hormonal activation of initial fruit growth subsequent development is mostly supported by nutrient supply (Talon et al. 1997). Thus, once mineral and water requirements are satisfied, competition for photoassimilates is thought to be responsible for fruit drop (Moss et al. 1972; Powell and Krezdorn 1977; Goldschmidt and Koch 1996).
Although citrus (Citrus spp.) is sensitive to salinity, acceptable production can be achieved with moderate salinity levels, depending on the climate, scion cultivar, rootstock, and irrigation-fertilizer management. Irrigation scheduling is a key factor in managing salinity in areas with salinity problems. Increasing irrigation frequency and applying water in excess of the crop water requirement are recommended to leach the salts and minimize the salt concentration in the root zone. Overhead sprinkler irrigation should be avoided when using water containing high levels of salts because salt residues can accumulate on the foliage and cause serious injury. Much of the leaf and trunk damage associated with direct foliar uptake of salts can be reduced by using microirrigation systems.