How to Germinate Orange Tree Seeds


While orange trees can take over seven years to produce fruit from a seed, juvenile orange trees make for low-maintenance house plants. Save the seeds from the next orange you eat and germinate them yourself to transplant into a container or your garden. You many not have a fruit baring tree for many years, but you can still enjoy the process of growing your own plant from something in your kitchen.

Step 1

Remove three to four seeds from an orange and soak in a bowl of water overnight. Rinse the seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining bits of pulp.

Step 2

Fold a large paper towel in half twice so that you have four layers. Moisten the towel with room temperature water. Place the orange seeds in between the third and fourth layer of the wet towel.

Step 3

Carefully slide the folded paper towel into a plastic sandwich bag and set on top of your refrigerator. This will keep the paper towel warm and encourage the seeds to germinate.

Step 4

Keep the towel moist and watch for the seeds to split. You should see the seeds begin to germinate in about 2 weeks.

Step 5

Fill the bottom inch of a small pot with small stones to aid in soil drainage. Add sterile potting soil until the pot is three-quarters full. Place the split orange seeds into the soil with the small protruding root pointing down.

Step 6

Keep the soil moist. Transplant your orange seedling to a sunny spot in your garden or to a larger container once they develop two to three sets of leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Orange seed
  • Bowl
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Paper towel
  • 4 to 6 inch pot
  • Small stones
  • Potting soil


  • Texas A&M University: Orange
  • Learn 2 Grow: Orange You Curious
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Lydia Stephens began writing professionally in 2009. She has written online for Nile Guides, and various other Web sites and has been published in "Stringing Magazine" and "Xiamen Wave." Stephens played competitive soccer for 19 years, has been weight lifting since 2007 and enjoys running, biking and sailing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Texas.