Orange: bring the Mediterranean touch to your balcony!

The orange tree is an interesting tree to grow on a terrace or balcony. They are very aesthetic, with shiny and durable leaves, colorful and fragrant flowers and delicious edible fruits: following our advice, you will get it easily!

How to plant an orange tree?

THE Citrus sinensis can grow:

  • In open ground: in regions with a mild climate: the Mediterranean coast, the Basque Coast;
  • Pot: everywhere else.

If you choose to plant it in the ground, you should bear in mind that the orange tree can be seriously damaged if there is a negative temperature. If you prefer to grow it in a pot, be aware that your orange tree can grow up to 3m tall.

When and how to plant an orange tree?

Planting should be done in spring, when the temperature rises. To plant a Citrus sinensisAfter making the planting hole, it is recommended to add:

  • Drainage material like clay balls for planting in pots or pozzolan for planting in open ground;
  • A correction such as compost or commercial fertilizer: you should avoid manure that is too strong for the orange tree’s bark roots to develop.
Orange trees should be planted in the spring, when the temperature rises.
Orange trees should be planted in the spring, when the temperature rises. Copyright (c) 2020 Iness_la_luz/Shutterstock. No unauthorized use.

To facilitate recovery, the planting hole can be completed with a special substrate for citrus and Mediterranean plants. It is also recommended to add fertilizer every month between April and October or, in the absence of such:

  • One to start growing in March;
  • A second before flowering, in June;
  • The last to push the fruits, in September.

How to water Citrus sinensis ?

The orange tree should be watered generously when planted. After that, you have to be careful and wait for the surface of the substrate to dry between the two waterings. If you have a platoon, if you grow it in a pot: you need to drain the water regularly. In fact, the root system Citrus sinensis born cannot tolerate excess water : this can also be the cause of the yellowing of the leaves.

Where to put an orange tree in winter?

When the temperatures are mild: the orange tree should be in a sunny place. In winter, when the temperature drops, you should place the orange tree in a sunny place protected from the cold, such as a veranda or a small greenhouse.

How to keep Citrus sinensis ?

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  • Size: the orange tree can be significantly cut because the development of its roots, superficial and fasciculate, evolves according to the volume of the aerial part;
  • Humidity: in addition, you must be alert to the humidity level of the place Citrus sinensis because it is a plant sensitive to cryptogamic diseases (due to fungi);
  • Orange harvest: It takes place in winter, from December to April-May, depending on the needs. First, harvest the most colorful fruits by cutting the peduncle with pruning shears.

At what age does the orange tree bear its first fruit?

If you bought your orange tree from a specialist nursery or garden, your Citrus sinensis it was grafted onto a strong rootstock and is already at least 2 to 3 years old. In this case, if it is not already bearing fruit (the presence of oranges on the tree is an implacable commercial argument), it will bear fruit. in the next 2 to 3 years.

If you have grown an orange tree from seed, it will take longer to bear fruit (doubtful, as the fruit can be very different from the original orange), generally between 7 and 15 years.

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