Orange trees need deep, well-drained soils. Texas A&M University Extension says loamy soils are best; heavy clay and poorly drained soils will result in poor growth and production as well as shorter life. Orange trees prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5, according to Nature Hills Nursery.
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