How to Grow Orange Trees in Florida

Overview

There are four growing zones in Florida: north, south, central and tropical. Each region has its own weather and type of soil. Your county cooperative extension agent (see Resources) is a reliable source of information on growing conditions in your particular area. That said, just about anything will grow in the Florida sunshine. Growing an orange tree there is a bit like taking a sandwich to a banquet.

Step 1

Provide full sun for your orange tree. Although oranges can be grown in partial shade, the tree will not produce as well as when it is provided full sun.

Step 2

Grow your orange tree in Lakeland fine sand, according to agriculturists at Purdue University. It drains well and fast, which is required of the orange tree. They also suggest selecting a rootstock that is appropriate for your particular soil conditions. Consult with your county cooperative extension service for advice on which type of orange to grow in your area.

Step 3

Keep the planting area free of weeds.

Step 4

Fertilize the orange tree soon after harvest. Check with your county cooperative extension agent to find out which fertilizer is best for your area of Florida.

Step 5

Water the orange tree slowly and deeply. The general rule is to give it 2 inches of water every two weeks, more frequently if it is particularly dry. A hose turned to a trickle will work well.

Step 6

In zone 9A (including St. Johns County, Flagler County, Polk County) orange trees will need protection if temperatures go below 25 degrees F. Depending upon the size of the tree, a blanket or tarp can be used to cover it during these cold periods.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Tarp
  • Blanket

References

  • Floridagardener.com: What You Should Know About Gardening in Florida
  • International Society for Horticultural Science
  • Floridata: Citrus sinensis

Who Can Help

  • Florida Gardener: Locate Your County Extension Office
  • The United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Florida
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