Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to Grow an Indoor Orange Tree

Did you know you can grow oranges indoors? 

Dwarf orange trees are smaller varieties of traditional citrus trees that produce an amazing amount of fruit for their size. 

Dwarf orange trees are one of several varieties of indoor fruit trees that are specifically designed to grow in containers indoors. Some of the other popular types are Meyer lemon, lime, pomegranate, tangerine, and even pineapple! Within the orange family, several types are available, like navel, blood oranges and traditional juice oranges.


More About Dwarf Orange Trees
With proper care, your tree should bear fruit within a year. These trees are very hardy. Even beginning gardeners have great success with indoor citrus trees.


At full maturity, a dwarf orange tree will reach about four feet in height. The oranges themselves will be similar to what you find in a grocery store in terms of size. Generally, they will be sweeter and juicier due to the smaller size of the tree, because the full energy of the growth system is devoted to producing fruit.

Even when the tree is not bearing fruit, it will make a wonderful addition to any room in your home. They have a pleasant, almost tropical scent. The leaves are a glossy green and white flowers will bloom as well. 

Care Tips
These trees are very hardy and easy to care for, but there are a few tips you'll need to know. First, place the container in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. This is key. To thrive, it will need about six hours of sun per day. A western or southern exposure works best, but any sunny area will do.

Next, water the tree when the soil is almost completely dry. You will find that in most cases you will need to water once per week. In the interim, mist it with tepid water from a spray bottle. Indoor citrus trees like humidity, and misting them not only provides more humidity for them, but it prevents nuisance pests, like fruit flies.

Finally, if possible, place your tree outdoors on a patio or balcony during the warm summer months and into the early fall. Bring it inside again when temperatures start to drop near 40 degrees at night. While it is not a requirement to place your tree outside, we find it helps growth and fruit production. Further, the tree will become naturally pollinated by bees and other insects.

Be sure to follow the simple care tips, like providing adequate sunlight, misting and weekly watering. 

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