How to Grow Orange Trees in Paper


The orange tree is one of the most commonly grown fruit trees in the world. There are several varieties of orange tree such as Valencia, navel and Hamlin. Orange trees thrive in areas with abundant sunlight and warm temperatures. Paper grocery bags make excellent starter pots for orange tree seeds, and they're biodegradable. Growing your own orange tree with paper bags is a simplistic task that can lead you on the way to enjoying fresh, organic oranges within a couple years.

Step 1

Stuff the paper grocery bags inside of each other to create a three-layered grocery bag.

Step 2

Roll the top of the layered grocery bag down two or three times until the grocery bag is only about six inches deep.

Step 3

Place roughly three handfuls of potting soil mixed with worm castings into the rolled paper grocery bag.

Step 4

Top the bagged soil with approximately three handfuls of peat moss.

Step 5

Place three seeds into the peat moss, about 1/4 of an inch beneath the surface. More than one seed is ordinarily planted in case one of the seeds doesn't germinate.

Step 6

Water the seeds lightly, using about 1/2 a cup of water, and repeat this watering ritual once a week until the orange seed sprouts. If all the seeds sprout, remove all but one of them and discard them.

Step 7

Allow the paper bag to receive sunlight from a windowsill until it is about a foot tall. Once it reaches a foot in height, it can be placed (bag and all) directly into your garden soil.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 paper grocery bags
  • Orange seeds (up to three)
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Earthworm castings


  • Purdue Edu: Orange Tree Info
Keywords: planting fruit trees, orange trees, growing oranges in paper

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