How to Grow Seedless Orange Trees


Seedless oranges were first developed in Southern California just before 1900. Horticulturalists there were celebrated for developing superior navel oranges with thinner rinds, sweeter juice and more rounded shape. Today, many hobby gardeners purchase seedless orange trees and grow them indoors or outdoors. With some patience, skill and care, gardeners can graft seedless orange trees onto existing trees in their orchards.

Step 1

Graft a twig from a seedless orange tree onto a young tree already planted. The orange farmer's tree of choice to graft onto is the bitter orange tree.

Step 2

Cut a slice off of the young bitter orange tree. Cut a slice off of the seedless orange branch. The two openings should match; they should be about the same length and width. Use strong twine to tie the seedless branch onto the young tree. Line up the openings that you sliced and press together; tie together tightly with twine. When successful, the trunk of the tree and the leaves and the fruit it produces will be of the seedless variety.

Step 3

Alternatively, purchase a young seedless orange tree. Orange trees like warmth and do not do as well in areas with earlier frosts. Orange trees can successfully be grown and cultivated indoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Young bittersweet orange shoot
  • Branch of seedless orange tree
  • Strong gardener's twine
  • Sharp knife


  • NY Times: The First Seedless Orangs (Hit PDF article link)
  • Graft to Produce Seedless Fruit
  • Citrus Tree Care

Who Can Help

  • Purchase seedless organge trees for transplant
  • Forum discussing care for indoor orange trees
Keywords: seedless oranges, how to graft plants, orange trees

About this Author

Samantha Hanly is an organic vegetable gardener, greenhouse gardener and home canner. She grows a substantial portion of her family's food every year. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Hanly embarked on a career teaching dramatic arts, arts and crafts, and languages. She became a professional writer in 2000, writing curricula for use in classrooms and libraries.