When to Prune an Indoor Orange Tree

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An indoor orange tree should be pruned right after they are finished flowering, but before they've set the fruit. Trim back one-third of the branches with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on garden and lawn care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about, when is the best time to prune an indoor orange tree, or when do you prune an indoor orange tree. Well orange trees grow really well outside. But if you live in a colder climate you can actually grow them inside too, as long as they have enough artificial light or natural light too coming from the windows. Now the best time to prune an orange tree is right after they're done flowering, so before they've set the fruit. So by pruning it back 1/3, just cut 1/3 of the branches out and trim it back about 1/3 the total size, what you'll do is force the remaining flowers to produce even larger fruit. And you can always prune year round whenever they have dead branches and don't look really good. But the best time to prune an indoor orange or any orange is when it's done flowering, before it produces the fruit. Because what you're doing is thinning out those blooms and energy is going to go towards the fruit that's going to be created and away from all the other flowers, and then that way you'll have even larger oranges to enjoy.