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How to Care for Orange Trees

By Jessica Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

Caring for orange trees involves growing them outdoors in a mild climate and letting the top of the soil dry out a few inches before watering it. Bring an orange tree to life with a quality potting soil and plenty of sun using tips from a gardening specialist in this free video on trees.


Hi, I'm Jessica Smith with Blands Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today we're talking all about trees and shrubs. Right now we're going to discuss how to care for orange trees. Now orange trees are a tropical tree that of course you're going to need to grow it outdoors in a mild climate. However, you can bring it indoors if you're in a colder climate throughout the winter, but remember it is a tree and it will get large. So make sure that you have a big enough pot with drainage holes if you're going to be having it indoors. You want to use a good quality potting soil, and remember that if you're moving it from indoors and outdoors, this could be a chore with a really big pot. A sun room is the best in your home, but if you don't have a sun room, just make sure that it gets plenty of sun, they like the sun, and rotate it every so often. Now with the orange trees, just like any other type of a citrus, you're going to want to let the top dry out a few inches before you water again and then it's going to like a nice citrus fertilizer. A little heavier when it's in its active season which is late Winter, first part of Spring, and throughout the inactive season which is about the end part of Summer or so, you'll want to just kind of cut back on that fertilizer, maybe use a little bit slower release. Remember it is a tree, it's going to get large if you're using it as an indoor plant.


About the Author


Jessica Smith owns and operates "Blands Nursery" in West Jordan, Utah. Smith has work with plants and flowers for 22 years, since 1986.