Dwarf Orange Tree

Tips for Success in Growing a Dwarf Orange Tree


The dwarf orange tree looks like a standard size tree but in this case, the tree produces about six miniature oranges measuring two inches in diameter.  For fruit to grow it usually takes about two years and the tree would need to be grown in the appropriate environment.  As the oranges appear, you would notice a wonderful citrus fragrance while enjoying the bright colored fruit and shiny green leaves.

Growing a dwarf orange tree is actually fun because these trees are extremely easy to grow and maintain.  Therefore, even if you do not have a green thumb, you would have success with this particular type of tree.  However, the dwarf orange tree does require certain things.  For instance, this tree needs direct sunlight and you would need to make sure the soil stays moist.  With success, you would see blossoms appearing in about 12 months that transform into miniature oranges.

The fruit produced on the dwarf orange tree is not only juicy and delicious but it has no seeds and peeling the oranges is a breeze.  As you can imagine, children love these oranges and while the flavor is a little on the tart side, they are still wonderful to eat.  Chances are your children would love taking a miniature orange grown at home for lunch, becoming the envy of the other children.

Although each variety grows to a specific height at maturity, one of the popular choices is the Dwarf Washington Navel Orange Tree, which only reaches eight inches tall although others grow taller.  No matter the type of dwarf orange tree you choose, it could be grown indoors in a container and then during the springtime and until early fall, you could set it outside.  With this, pollination would be best, which means a healthier tree that produces miniature oranges easier.

When growing a dwarf orange tree, temperatures need to be maintained between 70 and 80 degrees and unlike traditional orange trees the dwarf variety does not need humidity.  As mentioned, direct sunlight is important so placing the container at a south window would be ideal, although west and east windows would work.  The container you choose would need a drain hole or drain tray so after watering the tree thoroughly the excess water could be poured off.  Usually, watering once a week in cooler months is fine but during the summer, the dwarf orange tree would need to be watered two to three times.

Additionally, the dwarf orange tree needs to be fertilized during the growing season at minimum, once a month.  The goal is to choose soil that has a higher acidic level.  Now, once the tree has passed the growing season, it should be fertilized every three months.  Making a few key decisions regarding the dwarf orange tree is all it takes to have a healthy tree that produces miniature fruit.

Depending on the state in which you live, you may need to purchase this type of tree from another state, perhaps shopping online.  Otherwise, you could probably visit your local nursery or gardening center and find a dwarf orange tree to take home.



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