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Oranges: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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There is nothing quite like having your own orange tree! These ever-green trees thrive in the southern climate. While this is not a tree that can be outdoors all winter long in a lot of areas of the country, it can still be grown in a container and moved indoors during the cool season.

How to Grow:

Orange trees can be planted after the last spring frost in the spring and 8 weeks before the first fall frost. Trees and bushes are best planted in the spring or fall. They don’t transplant well in the heat. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Orange trees should be planted about 10 feet apart from each other depending on type. We like to put them into Smart Pot containers so they can be moveable and come indoors during the colder seasons. Oranges will require full sun and consistent watering. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. 

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for oranges:

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Oranges will be ready to harvest in approximately 3-4 years after transplanting.
Different varieties of oranges will need to be harvested at different times. The harvest times occur between the months of March to December. You will know when your oranges are ripe because they will no longer be green and fall off the tree or come up with a slight pull. Oranges will not ripen off the tree so make sure that you do not pick them too early!

Cooking & Eating!

Enjoy your own home-grown oranges directly off the tree! Making your own orange juice is always a hit as well!

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2 thoughts on “Oranges: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. I do not think that sweet oranges are as easy to grow in containment as lemons and limes are. The trees do well in pots, but the fruit is more likely to be of inferior quality and sparse. Sour oranges are probably more reliable (since they do not need to develop sweetness), but not as useful, and rather unpleasantly thorny. However, if one is growing a citrus tree in a pot, and expecting only a few fruit from each tree, a sour orange may not be a bad idea. Bitter oranges are even easier and prettier, but not useful for much more than flavoring black tea. (I sort of dislike bitter oranges because I have never found a use for the pretty fruit.) Mandarin oranges, although completely different from sweet oranges, are easier and more productive.

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