Orange Fruit Plant
Orange trees are widely grown in tropical and subtropical climates for their sweet fruit, which can be eaten fresh or processed to obtain juice, and for the fragrant peel. They have been the most cultivated tree fruit in the world since 1987, and sweet oranges account for approximately 70% of the citrus production.
- Sun/Shade: Bright, indirect sunlight.
- Pollinator: Self-pollinating.
- Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained, sandy loam soil.
- Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
- Pruning: Late Winter pruning helps promote a more compact look.
Four hours or more of direct sunlight from a South window. Let plant approach dryness before watering. Average indoor humidity levels. Day temperature 65 - 70 degrees F.; night temperature 50 - 55 degrees F. Use an acid-balanced fertilizer throughout the year and add trace elements in the Spring.
Leaves will drop if soil is too wet or too dry. High pH or high soluble salts can cause leaf yellowing. Will not bloom if light is too low. May need to hand pollinate for better fruit production.