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Dwarf Orange Tree: Grow and Care Guide

by The Green Thumbler

Dwarf orange trees have opened up the doors to people who always wanted homegrown fruit but didn’t have enough space. It is true, now you don’t need a big yard to grow your own citrus trees. They can grow inside or outside in a large planter pot. These trees do require a little effort on your part though. So if you have a little time and can handle a loose schedule, growing a dwarf orange tree will add fragrance, color, and edible fruit no matter where you live.

Whether you are an amateur or experienced gardener growing your own dwarf orange tree is rewarding and not too much work. Buy a young tree that is already at least a little bit established. If you buy seeds it will take a long time before you see growth and years before you can pick your own fruit. Your tree craves lots of sun! 8 hours a day. They also like food and water but not too much. If you fertilize on a schedule and keep the soil damp so the fruit will be sweet and juicy. Follow these few steps and you will be picking oranges off your very own tree!

Check out more details on the things you need to keep in mind when growing your tree and you will be an expert in no time.

About your Dwarf Orange Tree

Dwarf orange trees are part of the dwarf citrus tree family that also include lemons and limes. They were grafted into smaller rootstock to stunt their growth. Their height is only about 3 to 8 feet, perfect for a sunny spot inside, on a patio, or in a small yard. Yes, that may seem tall but a full size tree outside grows to at least 18 to 22 feet in height.  Having a dwarf is beneficial because you get full size citrus on a small tree. This means now you can home grow fruits in any size yard or home. Thank you to who figured out how to create these smaller versions of citrus trees.

Read also: How to Grow and Care for a Pineapple Plant

How to grow your Dwarf Orange Tree

Growing your tree is pretty low maintenance. It has some preferences but nothing that will take up much time. If you want fruit sooner buy a young tree rather than seeds. Growing from seeds will take about 3 years before you have fruit to eat. No matter where your tree is, it likes sun. So plant it outside, in a container, or inside near a window with the maximum amount of sun exposure. Then keep the soil moist, well drained, and fertilize regularly. With these steps you will have homegrown fruit which is always tastier than store bought. 

Propagating your Dwarf Orange Tree

Once you have a thriving tree if you want more, propagate it from softwood cuttings rather than seeds. What are softwood cuttings? They come from branches that are not brand new or too old and dried out. You can tell if a branch is a good candidate to cut from when they snap if you bend them. New ones just bend and ones that are too old are brittle. Once you find the right aged branches and cut them take the lowest set of leaves off. Then plant in a small pot with potting soil & fertilizer. Place the pot in a sunny window. If you attempt to grow more trees from your own seeds you will probably not get any fruit.

Dwarf Orange Tree varieties

The Dwarf orange tree is one of the varieties of the Dwarf citrus and there are many types within this subset. Some are the following:

  • Calamondins are fragrant and produce fruit year round. They are a hybrid of a mandarin and kumquat. Their intriguing texture and scrumptious sweet and sour flavor are a favorite.
  • Tangerines are also a mandarin hybrid. Their fruit is sweet and the peel is firm. Have patience with these ones as it takes up to 1 ½ years for fruit.
  • Clementines are a favorite with kids because they are small and easy to peel. Plus, they are almost seedless. You can catch their sweet scent as you walk by.
  • Owari Satsuma are perfect seedless options for colder climates.   These trees are often grown in the southern United States.

Caring for your Dwarf Orange Tree

Watering and Pruning

Some water but not too much make your tree happy. You want to keep the soil of your dwarf orange tree moist although not soaked. If they sit in water the trunk starts to rot. Also, if you let the soil dry out too much you may get oranges that split from dehydration. Then your homegrown fruit will lose it’s deliciousness. It is a balance but not a difficult one. Stay on a watering schedule for your tree to keep the moisture consistent and grow fruit that is juicy.

Yes, prune your tree! Dwarf orange trees are not all that “dwarf” at all. If you don’t want a 10 foot tree prune them to control the height to what works for your space.  Also, cutting off all dead branches and thinning the plant to the 3 strongest trunks will help it thrive. Plus if you want to help your plant grow strong pinch the flowers the first year. This will prevent it from producing fruit just that first year and it will use all its energy to grow. Pinching the first year is  not required, although if you do the following years your tree will have more oranges.

Soil and Fertilizer

Dwarf orange trees are a little particular about where their roots are buried. They can handle a variety of soils but the most important rule is that it is well drained. Organic matter is their favorite. If you are up to the challenge of creating your own soil mixture include sand, peat moss, vermiculite, and non manure compost. Also a ph level of 5.5 to 6.5 is best for them. If it’s anything outside this you may see nutrient deficiencies.

Your trees will appreciate fertilizer on a regular basis. Give them the food they want and you will have stronger and healthier dwarf trees than if you only water them. When they are growing, in warmer weather, fertilize them a couple of times a month to help them along. Winter, requires less food; more like every 4 to 6 weeks. One important factor is to keep the fertilizer off the leaves so they don’t burn in the sun. It only goes on the base of your orange tree and soil surrounding your plant.


Dwarf orange trees are sun worshippers. Plant your tree in the sunniest part of your yard or right in front of a southern facing window if it is inside. Give them at least 8 hours of brightness. If you don’t they may not produce fruit and isn’t that the reason you have the tree? To get homegrown fruit.


The exciting part of owning a dwarf orange tree is harvesting the fruit you’ve spent time caring for. They start off green and turn orange when ripe. Yet, that is not a the only indicator of their readiness. You can also look for a waxy shine on the rind and squeeze to feel if the skin has softened a little. Although, the best way to tell is to pick one and taste it. Clip or twist it off to prevent damage to the branch. If it is ripe you can pick the rest and enjoy. If it is not ripe leave the fruits on the tree and wait until they are fully ripe before you pick anymore. Why you ask? They do not continue to ripen or get sweeter once you pick them. When you do pick them you can store the ones you don’t eat right away at room temperature for about 2 weeks.


This sweet smelling, fruit bearing orange tree attracts many pests. Aphids, spider mites, scale, and more like to enjoy your dwarf oranges as much as you do. You can control these better if your tree is inside. If you don’t want them around, and we are sure you don’t, spray dormant oil in the early spring. Then you can spray new growth with a horticultural spray.


Dwarf orange trees you to grow your own fruit even if you live in cramped quarters. When starting off buy an established tree in a container as seeds will take many years to grow into a plant you can harvest fruit from. They like consistent moisture in their soil but not soaking wet. A watering and fertilizing schedule makes it easy to ensure they thrive. Pruning is needed, but not difficult, to keep the size right for your space. Plus, importantly noted, an abundance of sun keep these trees happy and healthy.  Whether you are a new or expert gardener, you can enjoy the sweet smell and satisfying taste of home grown fruit.Are you ready to grow your own oranges? The task is not hard and is immensely rewarding. Share this article with your friends and you can all become avid citrus growers.

How to Grow Dwarf Citrus Trees

Fragrant flowers. Beautiful, shiny, and evergreen foliage. Colorful, edible, and delicious fruits. A well-behaved root system. The ability to adjust to different types or methods of cultivation.

All of these make the dwarf citrus a valuable plant for modern home gardening.

Dwarf citrus trees are simply regular fruit trees that are grafted onto smaller plant rootstock. This means you get the tasty fruit of a normal citrus tree from a plant that works well in landscapes that can’t accommodate a full-size tree.

And most importantly, of course, smaller trees mean more easily accessible fruit! Dwarf citrus trees generally grow to be a maximum of 8 to 10 feet tall.

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The fruit of dwarf trees is the same size and quality as that grown on a standard-sized tree, assuming it receives the same care. And dwarf types produce a larger crop, for their size, than standard-sized trees.

Ready to find out more about adding one to your garden? Here’s what to come:

All About Dwarf Citrus

  • A Versatile Landscape Addition
  • Plenty to Choose From and Where to Buy
  • Morning or Afternoon – Just Give Them Sun
  • The Perfect Dirt
  • Keep in Mind: Drainage Is Essential
  • Shaping: It’s Up to You
  • Fertilizer? Only if They’re Really Hungry
  • Bugs, Be Gone!
  • More to Watch out For: Diseases
  • Harvest: When Are They Ready?
  • Michelangelo-Perfect Palate Pleasers
  • All the Flavor in Much Less Space

Let’s get to the tips, talk about techniques and things to be aware of, and hopefully we can even help you to find your perfect tree.

A Versatile Landscape Addition

Dwarf citrus — lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, tangelo, and kumquat — has as many uses in the garden as there are places for plants.

You can use it as a hedge to mark a property line or to screen off a given area, or you can grow it as a specimen plant in the lawn.

You can use dwarf citrus to add a little height to a perennial background, or use it as a foundation planting close to the house.

It will make a lovely addition espaliered against a wall to break the glare, or simply to ornament it.

Espaliering is the process of training a tree, shrub, or woody vine to grow flat against a surface, usually a sunny and protected wall or a fence. This is often done with a specific geometric design in mind that can turn the tree into a rather breathtaking artistic statement. Or other trees are allowed to maintain their natural form, with protruding branches merely pruned off.

Dwarf citrus varieties are also quite suitable for container plantings. They bring significant interest to porches or patios as specimen plantings, and they’re convenient to access come harvest time. Close proximity to the house also means it will be easier to bring your plants indoors if you live in a climate where a citrus tree cannot overwinter outdoors.

Plenty to Choose From and Where to Buy

Dwarf citrus fruits are available in a number of types and varieties. Nearly every worthwhile variety of edible citrus in the world is now available to gardeners on a dwarfing rootstock.

If you’re looking for the lemony-orange flavor of Meyer lemons, consider this small tree, available from Nature Hills Nursery.

Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon Trees

You’ll get a plant in a container that’s somewhere between two and three gallons. Dwarf Meyer lemon trees grow well in pots, where they will grow to 4 feet or so. And they do well in the landscape, too, in zones 9 and 10.

Dwarf Meyer lemon trees can reach 10 feet, but will easily adjust to less than four feet indoors.

If Clementine oranges make your palate sing, consider ordering a sapling from Brighter Blooms, available via Amazon.

Brighter Blooms Nules Clementine Dwarf Fruit Tree

You can choose a 1- to 2-foot tree or a 3- to 4-foot tree of the ‘Nules’ variety, which will produce copious amounts of sweet orange fruit.

Looking for lime? Consider a dwarf ‘Bearss’ seedless lime, available from Nature Hills Nursery.

Bearss Lime Tree

Also known as the Persian, Tahini, or seedless lime, you’ll get an evergreen plant that is a minimum of 3 years old, and will grow to about 10 feet tall at maturity. This option does well in the landscape as well as in containers.

Looking for mini fruit to ornament your miniature tree? Nature Hills offers a dwarf ‘Nagami’ kumquat in a two- to three-gallon container that will grow to about 10 feet tall.

Nagami Kumquat

Kumquats are known for their edible peel and lively, tart flavor.

Morning or Afternoon – Just Give Them Sun

Like all plants, small trees have a few simple needs. And you need to attend to these if you’re aiming to produce beautiful trees with delicious fruit.

The first and most important of these needs is good drainage. While the roots must have a constant supply of moisture, they cannot tolerate waterlogged soil, or water that stands for too long. For a primer on drainage, see the green boxed-out reference section below.

Citrus trees also need warmth and sunshine to produce colorful, juicy, and flavorful fruit. I know of one gardener who has some trees that only get morning sun, and other trees that only get afternoon sun. In both locations, the plants do a good job of setting and ripening their fruits.

The Perfect Dirt

Plants grown in containers do best with the least effort when they are planted in a lightweight, perlite-containing potting mix that drains well. An all-organic matter or native soil will compact too quickly, reducing aeration for roots.

Commercial growers are fond of the “UC mix.” This was developed by soil scientists at the University of California Riverside’s world-renowned Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station.

In addition to the special soil mixture for container-grown plants, the Citrus Experiment Station has developed new citrus varieties and worked to address disease and pest management, post-harvest handling methods, and practices for improved commercial fruit production.

UC’s soil mixtures have been so successful that commercial growers all over the western world are using them for all types of plants.

Unfortunately, unless you need a few cubic yards of this mix, and live in Southern California, backyard gardeners will likely not be able to find UC mix.

Instead, look for planting mixes that are specially blended for citrus or fruit trees.

When setting plants out in the garden, the citrus-specific planting mix should be combined with the soil removed from the hole in a ratio of one part mix to one part native soil.

As plant roots are generally reluctant to enter a new growing medium, mixing a citrus-specific soil with the native soil will make the tree’s transition easier.

Keep in Mind: Drainage Is Essential

Appropriate drainage is the #1 need for citrus plants. Overwatering causes citrus foliage to drop off. Under-watering can also cause this trouble, but drooping foliage usually calls attention to the lack of water in time to ward off serious leaf drop.

There is seldom any overwatering problem in containers if a well-draining soil is used. In garden soil, excess water must have a means of escape. If the soil has naturally good drainage, there is little to worry about.

Here’s how to check for well-draining soil in an existing area where you would like to plant, and what you can try if you have a problem:

  • Dig a hole of the needed size and fill it with water, keeping the water running until the soil all around the hole is saturated.
  • Check the time it takes for the water to drain completely through the saturated soil. If it drains away within a couple of hours, there is no drainage problem.
  • If water stands in the freshly dug hole for longer than two hours, however, something should be done before a plant is placed.
  • One way to address this is to dig the hole a foot deeper than is needed. Slope the bottom of the hole at a steep angle and dig a trench from the low side leading away from the planting area. Fill the bottom of the hole and the trench with 6-10 inches of drain rock or gravel.
  • Be sure the trench is long enough to carry off heavy winter rainwater. Fill in above the rock with the half and half mixture of the citrus soil and native soil and set the plant in place.

When transplanting your tree, set the root ball high in the hole, high enough for the soil over the finished job to slope from the tree trunk to the surrounding soil level.

The top of the root ball should be two or three inches higher than the surrounding soil level. Backfill with your soil mixture, but create a shallow “moat” around the circumference of the newly planted tree. If you were unable to find a citrus-specific potting mix, scatter half a cupful of balanced fertilizer around the moat.

Add a layer of mulch around the planting area, including in the moat. Slowly fill the moat with water. Keep the water dribbling away in the full basin for half an hour or so, wait two or three days and do it again, then leave the plant alone until it needs watering.

Shaping: It’s Up to You

Young plants may look a little one-sided, but give them a few years and they will become neatly rounded specimens – unless an espaliered miniature growing along a fence or garden wall is what you’re after. They can be trained to do this as well.

If you want to keep the plants quite low or add fullness, you can pinch out the tips of the new growth from time to time.

You’ll also want to prune away any deadwood, and prune to maximize airflow. Prune off any branches that cross others and prevent sunlight from reaching the lower branch.

Fertilizer? Only if They’re Really Hungry

In general, these little trees do need fertilizing. You can be as fancy or simple as you like with this garden practice.

If your plants appear to need some nutritive love, a 10-10-8 fertilizer with an acid reaction, such as what you would use on camellias and roses, should keep the plants growing if you follow the directions on the package.

Or, if you like to play around a bit, you can leaf spray with zinc and manganese in the spring before growth starts and then supplement with a spray containing nitrogen. Any iron deficiency can be cared for with iron chelate.

Bugs, Be Gone!

Like all plants, dwarf citrus is bothered by common pests such as ants, snails, aphids, thrips, and spider mites.

Get rid of ants and spider mites with diatomaceous earth. And check out this article for ideas about how to naturally rid your garden of snails and slugs.

Treat aphids and thrips with a hard, firm spray with the hose, or an insecticidal soap such as this one from Garden Safe, available on Amazon.

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Sometimes citrus gets scale. Be watchful for this pest and pick it or water-blast it off before it can become an infestation. A spray made from neem oil is the only really effective cure for these pests.

Try this neem oil extract concentrate from Garden Safe, available from Amazon.

Garden Safe Neem Oil Extract Concentrate, 4-Pack (16 Fl. Oz.)

Each 16-ounce container will make about 16 gallons of spray.

More to Watch out For: Diseases

Citrus suffers from its share of bacterial and fungal diseases, also.

A fairly recently arrived and particularly devastating illness that is plaguing US citrus trees — both commercial and backyard — is huanglongbing, also known as HLB, yellow dragon disease, or citrus greening disease. Presence of the disease has been identified in Florida, California, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas.

Originating in Asia, and first reported in the United States in 2005, HLB is spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid.

Symptoms include asymmetrical yellow discoloration on leaves, and fruit that only partially ripens.

There is no cure for an infected tree, which will die. The best prevention is to immediately treat an infection of Asian citrus psyllid with neem oil, insecticidal soap, or horticultural spray oil, such as this one from Bonide that you can purchase via Amazon.

Bonide Products All Seasons 210 Horticultural Spray Oil Concentrate 2-Pack (16 Fl. Oz.)

Dilute this concentrated product according to package directions (applying chemicals article), depending on what plants you are treating. For more information on preventing and treating this disease, you can read our full article here.

Another disease to look out for is citrus canker, a bacterial disease that causes lesions on the leaves, stems, and fruit of plants. There is no cure for this highly contagious disease; it is spread by wind-driven rain, contact with infected tools or hands, or by birds. Infected trees must be removed.

Melanose is a fungal infection that is best contained by pruning affected areas. It presents as small, dark spots on leaves and scabbing on fruit. A fungicide, such as this one from Bonide and available via Amazon, may be helpful if the infection is caught early.

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Greasy spot is another fungal problem, characterized yellowish-brown blister spots on leaves. Sooty mold is also caused by a fungus, and it causes a blackening of the plant’s leaves.

Root rot, sometimes called brown or collar rot, is caused by soil-borne water molds. With this one, you’ll see dark brown patches of hardened bark on the tree’s trunk.

Harvest: When Are They Ready?

Eating the fruit that you’ve grown is the most rewarding part of the process. Different types of citrus fruits ripen at various times of year. In the south, for example, most orange varieties are typically ready to pick December through May. Mandarins are usually ready in January through April. Lemons and limes ripen all year.

Consult the planting information that came with your tree when you purchased it to know approximately when its fruit will be ready for harvest.

The fruit signals its harvest readiness by turning from green to its ultimate color. In some cases, the fruit will simply drop from the tree when it is ready to eat.

Be sure to pick up dropped fruit right away because a) you want to eat it, and b) you want to keep a tidy garden to prevent disease!

You can also perform a taste test. Pull a couple of sweet- and fresh-smelling fruits from different places on the tree, cut them open, and sample.

Michelangelo-Perfect Palate Pleasers

When it comes to eating your citrus fruit, there is no shortage of options. Fresh from the tree is best for some, but with so many recipes utilizing citrus, we suggest exploring ways to incorporate this versatile fruit into drinks, sides, main courses, and desserts.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

The classic combo of tequila and lime partner up in Tequila Shrimp Tacos with Jicama Cucumber Slaw, a quick-fix recipe from Vintage Kitty. Pluck a few limes to flavor the slaw, and a few more to squeeze over the finished tacos. And maybe some more for the accompanying margaritas — here’s a recipe for a delicious Mango Madness Margarita from Shola over at Our Perfect Palette.

If you’ve got a grapefruit tree, consider adding this Grapefruit and Fennel Salad to the menu. From our friends at The Fitchen, this recipe also features onion and avocado. And it also calls for lemon juice, so you’ll be able to make use of more than one homegrown citrus fruit.

Collect a few lemons for this Sheet Pan Chicken Piccata, from Hunger Thirst Play. Capers and lemons go together like Michelangelo and the Renaissance, and this classic Italian dish highlights the flavor profile perfectly.

You can put The Gingered Whisk’s Mini Meyer Lemon Donuts in either the dessert or breakfast category. Crafted with buttermilk and topped with a sweet icing, these baked morsels are tasty any time of day.

Don’t miss an opportunity to juice one or two small oranges for this light and fluffy Gluten-Free Mandarin Orange Sponge Cake from our sister site, Foodal. This lactose-free dessert is moist and delicious.

All the Flavor in Much Less Space

These miniaturized fruit trees are a wonderful solution for gardener-cooks who want the convenience and deliciousness of home-picked fruit, but don’t have space for a large tree.

Dwarf citrus trees are fairly easy to care for, and can serve a number of purposes in the landscape, or be placed in containers for easy overwintering.

Do you grow these small, yet bountiful trees? Which does well in your area? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below. Or, if you’d like to try your hand at growing peaches instead, check out this article.


Product photos via Nature Hills Nursery, Brighter Blooms, Garden Safe, and Bonide. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. Originally published by Mike Quinn on September 8th, 2014. Last updated March 27th, 2019.

Dwarf orange trees: care | Gardening

Either due to lack of space or because you prefer trees that don't grow too big, One of the most popular citrus fruits is the dwarf orange tree. It's easy to care for and in return you get a season of fruit that saves you on the basket.

But what do dwarf orange trees look like? What is their concern? Can it be easily maintained? We will talk to you about them.


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How dwarf orange trees are arranged

Dwarf orange trees are considered shrubs. They are evergreen and there are many varieties. Perhaps the most famous of these is Calamondin, but there is another kumquat that also makes a hole. Finally, another of the brightest is the Japanese orange.

Scientific name Fortunella Margarita originated in China. Its height, compared to ordinary oranges, is 4-5 meters. . But depending on whether you have it in the soil or in a pot, it will grow more or less.

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The most striking thing about dwarf orange trees is without a doubt their flowering. And you can have white, almost waxy, or star-shaped flowers with a very distinctive orange blossom scent. After that, oranges will appear, spherical and green in color, which will turn orange. There are varieties that offer sweet fruits, but the vast majority are very bitter.

Caring for dwarf orange trees

Source: Agricultural University.

After getting to know dwarf orange trees in more detail, you may want to consider growing them indoors or outdoors in a pot. In this case, dwarf orange trees need important care, and you must provide the best care you can to enjoy them. Do you want to know what they are?

Location and temperature

Dwarf orange trees need sunlight. They love to be in the sun, although depending on the variety it is best to keep it in a well lit area rather than directly in the sun.

If you have it outside in a pot or on the ground, we recommend that you place it in a place where it gets a lot of sun, but not in direct sunlight; If you have it indoors, put it in a very bright place.

With regard to temperature, it tolerates high temperatures well, but not low ones. And that in winter it is best that the temperature does not fall below 15 degrees, because this can slow down its growth.

El ideal in winter it is in a room where the temperature is constantly maintained at 15-18 degrees Celsius. , and in summer it can be taken out and withstand temperatures well.


Watering for dwarf orange trees should be different in winter than in summer.

No watering required in winter. , only when the ground is seen to be completely dry.

In spring and summer you really need to increase the amount of watering because you need it. Of course, make sure that the water you use for watering does not contain lime, because it is very detrimental to the tree. Also, if possible, try misting it because it needs a bit of moisture to stay healthy.

In other words, in in spring and summer it is important that it is watered daily because the tree will also need it (if you are in a warmer or colder climate, you may have to skip a day between waterings). And in winter it will be enough to water weekly or every two weeks.

If you notice that the soil is still damp or cold, do not water.

Source: Agriculture.

Pot and soil

Although dwarf orange trees are small, the truth is that they need a lot of space to thrive. Therefore, always choose a large and deep pot.

As for the soil, in addition to being rich in nutrients, you need to make sure it has a pH between 5 and 6 which is ideal for citrus fruits. And it's a drain, or mix it with a suitable drain.


Every 1-2 years you will need to repot it in a pot with a larger diameter and depth. This should always be done in spring and only in young specimens. Those who are older will no longer need a transplant.

During this and to avoid problems, you can apply rooting hormones and fungicides to the roots to stimulate their root development and, at the same time, prevent fungal growth.


subscriber is usually in the growing season i.e. March to August but the truth is you can also do it twice: once in early spring and once in autumn. The latter should be done with a fertilizer containing iron, potassium or zinc, because it is this that helps the fruit not to fall off before they are ripe.

Of course, you don't have to unsubscribe, so you have the option to do so at some point or another.

Another option is to maintain quality soil throughout the year, avoiding the need to add fertilizer every time.


There will come a time when you have to prune your dwarf orange tree. This is unavoidable because it is it will start to grow and you will need to shape it into the desired shape . In general, pruning should be done in the spring; but it is possible that from time to time you can cut off a branch because it has grown the way you want it to, or because it is dead or sick.

Plagues and diseases

Unfortunately, dwarf orange trees also have serious pest and disease problems. In the first case Red Spider This is one of the most dangerous pests that appears on its leaves and turns them yellow. Another plague might be White Fly.

Diseases that may occur will affect the leaves, their growth or even the fruit.


Propagation of dwarf orange trees is not at all easy to achieve. In fact, is usually done through seeds and then grafted with . However, this is a very slow process and in many cases fails, so some prefer to buy young specimens that have already been taken before trying.

Do you have any doubts about dwarf orange trees and their care? Ask us.

Where and how oranges grow, features of planting and growing indoor species

Orange is the most common citrus in countries with tropical and subtropical climates. He came to Russia from France along with the word "greenhouse". This was the name of the small glass houses in which oranges were grown. Even then, in latitudes far from the tropics, the fruit tree was cultivated indoors.


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Where oranges grow

Oranges were introduced into the culture by the Chinese 2.5 thousand years BC. e. From this country, along trade routes, orange fruits spread to the Arab East, and then to Africa, Italy and Spain. In Europe, exotic plants quickly became fashionable. For them began to build greenhouses. Outdoor oranges are widely distributed in Central America and on the Mediterranean coast.

In Russia, because of the cold climate, the culture has taken root as an indoor one. And only in the south, where there are no frosts in winter, it can be grown outdoors.

Orange has very low frost resistance. At -1–2°C, the fruits are damaged, at -6°C, the leaves are damaged, at -8–10°C, the entire aerial part dies.

Types of oranges

According to the type of fruit, oranges are divided into:

Varieties of oranges

The most popular varieties:

Planting and transplanting oranges

Usually indoor plants come to our house in pots filled with transport soil. If oranges are not sold in stores in your city, order them online.

An orange must be adapted after purchase. Put the plant in its permanent place and for 1-2 weeks, apart from watering and spraying on the leaves, do not disturb anything. In the meantime, buy a pot 2-3 cm wider and deeper than the one in which the orange grows. Also purchase soil for citrus fruits or make your own from soddy soil, humus and river sand (2: 1: 1). Be sure to ignite the soil mixture at 100 about C or spill it with boiling water. So you get rid of possible parasites (fungi, aphid larvae, scale insects, mites).

On the day of transplantation:

  1. Lay drainage of broken bricks, pebbles, expanded clay on the bottom of the pot with a layer of 2–3 cm.
  2. Punch down the sides of the pot with your hands so that the orange can be easily removed from the clod of earth.
  3. Remove the orange, without destroying the coma and without disturbing the roots, place in a new pot at the same depth at which it grew, that is, do not bury the stem.

    When transplanting, do not destroy the earthen ball on the roots

  4. Fill the empty spaces in the new pot with soil, lightly tamping it down.

Use the same technology to replant your already living orange: for the first 5 years - once a year, then - once every 2-3 years. A mature tree that grows in a bucket or tub is no longer transplanted, but only the top 3–5 cm of soil is removed and replaced with a fresh one. The best time for such procedures is autumn-winter, when fruiting ends. If your orange blossoms and bears fruit all year round, then choose the moment when it is loaded with fruits and flowers to a minimum.

Video: transplanting and caring for a young orange seedling

Planting an orange from cuttings

If you have the opportunity to purchase cuttings of a cultivated orange, you can try to root it. In addition, cuttings appear in large numbers when you already have your own orange and have to be cut off periodically. Be sure to read the reviews of citrus growers about your variety: is it possible to cut it. Not every orange reproduces well vegetatively.

Some citrus growers have failed to root Washington Navel. A positive result is obtained only in the fogging chamber. But the cuttings of Valencia and Kolchak's Gold are suitable for vegetative propagation. Pavlovsky gives roots even in a glass of water.

Cuttings should be no thicker than a pencil with 3-5 leaves

How to root cuttings:

  1. Prepare cuttings: cut annual branches with still young (greenish) wood, each should have 3-5 leaves, which can be left or shorten by half. If the tip of the shoot is caught, then pinch its tip (growth point).
  2. Dip cuttings 2 cm into water, damp moss or loose substrate (sand, perlite, 1:1 sandy soil).
  3. Place a bag or jar on top to create a mini greenhouse. Roots will appear in 1-2 months .
  4. During rooting, the soil must be moistened. If you germinate in water, then replace the water once a week, you can add Kornevin, Epin and other rooters to the very first one.
  5. From the substrate, transplant the cuttings into a regular pot when the roots grow to 10 cm in length. You don’t need to keep it in water for so long, transplant it into a pot under a jar when the roots become clearly visible - 1-2 cm in length.

Be prepared for the fact that not all cuttings will take root, so it is better not to experiment with one, take a few pieces.

To root cuttings, you need to build a mini-greenhouse

Sowing an orange with a stone, grafting on a seedling

It seems that there is no point in planting an orange with a stone. After all, it is taken from a fruit grown in a tropical country, under the open sky. You will have an outdoor plant, and if it suddenly bears fruit on the windowsill, then this will not happen soon - in a few decades. Indeed, in an apartment, in a cramped pot, plants develop much more slowly.

However, oranges are still sown as a stone: some just out of curiosity, others - to get a rootstock. If you have cuttings, you can graft them onto a seedling from a stone and get a fruit tree.

To grow seedlings for seedlings:

  1. Fill a container, box or pot with loose soil, eg 1:1 soil and sand.
  2. Remove the seeds from the fruit and sow to a depth of 2-3 cm, 4-5 cm apart. Old and dried seeds are not suitable, they will not germinate.
  3. Moisten the soil regularly.
  4. Seedlings will appear in 20-40 days. Keep them on a bright window, water, loosen the ground.
  5. When the seedlings have 2 true leaves, transplant them into pots with a diameter and height of at least 9 cm. It is important that the plant is not at a dormant stage, but in active development; sap flow is necessary for merging with a scion. The maximum age of a rootstock is 2–3 years. One bud or cutting is grafted onto a 1-year-old wild game, cutting it into a stump about 5 cm high. On 2-3-year-old oranges that have already branched, you can graft each side branch. At the same time, several varieties can be grafted on one plant at once, or an orange, a lemon, and a tangerine can be grafted at the same time.

    Important: the grafting site on the seedling must be smooth, without leaves and buds.

    Ways of grafting indoor orange on a seedling:

    If in a week the grafted buds and cuttings do not turn black and do not dry out, then success awaits you. The scion leaves will bloom in about a month. Offshoots that will produce a rootstock must be removed. If you did not cut the seedling to the place of inoculation in advance, then do it after 3-4 weeks, stepping back 10 cm from the point of origin of the grafted cutting or the location of the grafted bud. And when the scion grows, cut it into a spike, that is, to the height of one internode - to the nearest kidney, without leaving it.

    Above the buds leave a spike one internode long.

    Grafting with a spike is the old way. Part of the stock is left above the graft and serves as a peg to which the scion can be tied if it deviates from the vertical position. When the need for a thorn disappears, it is cut into a stump.

    Conditions for orange

    Orange is more photophilous than lemon. Keep the plant on the south window, and in the summer months, in order to avoid burns on the leaves, move the pot away from the glass to the edge of the windowsill. Citrus fruits do not tolerate sudden changes. Do not move the pot from place to place, do not turn it to the sun on different sides. In response to such treatment, an orange may not bloom or discard existing flowers, fruits and leaves.

    Mark the side of the pot facing the sun with a marker. Always place the orange in this way when you have to remove it from the windowsill, for example, to clean the window. However, a tree can grow one-sided - all branches will pull in one direction - towards the glass. To prevent this from happening, arrange lighting from the side of the room or turn the pot, but gradually: by 1–2 about every day or every other day, so in a year he will make a full circle. In this case, the mark on the pot will also come in handy, it will be easier to determine from it whether you are turning the orange too much and often.

    Video: the nuances of growing citrus

    If your windows overlook the shady side of the house, then you can't do without lighting. The exception is shade-tolerant varieties, however, and they will develop better in more lit places, bloom more abundantly, and their fruits will grow sweeter.

    The optimal day length for an orange is 12 hours. In winter, the days are shorter, if there is no way to add light, arrange a period of rest. To do this, transfer the pot with the plant to a cool place where the temperature is kept within 10–14 about C. You can leave it on the same window, but enclose it from the room with a thick curtain, and isolate the heating battery with a blanket or blanket folded in several layers .

    Favorable temperature for oranges in spring and summer 20–26 o C. A temperature difference between day and night of 2–5 o C is desirable. In summer, you can take an orange out to the balcony or garden, but you need to gradually accustom it to the open sky, wind, and sun. In the same way, it is also impossible to bring an orange from the street into the house without preparation in the fall. The first days, keep it on the balcony during the day, and bring it in at night. In order to avoid a sharp and strong temperature drop, it is better not to wait until it gets colder outside. Night temperature decreased to 10–15 about C - Move the inhabitant of the tropics under the roof.

    My opinion is that it is better not to torment yourself or the plant with a change of scenery. Adapting to new conditions takes a lot of energy, an orange is stressed, it can shed its fruits and leaves. In addition, in open ground, especially in gardens and orchards, there is a high risk of infection by pests and fungal diseases. I did not grow oranges, but I did indoor peppers. It was their transfer to the site in the summer that led to death. There are spider mites on the leaves. While I understood why the leaves turn yellow and crumble, the parasites have multiplied so much that it was not possible to remove them. Only the stalks remained of the peppers. I plan to do citrus growing, I made important conclusions for myself: always disinfect the soil for planting plants that I value, and do not take them out to the site. I'd rather keep it on an open window, behind a mosquito net.

    Caring for indoor oranges

    Each orange is cared for individually. You will have to take into account the varietal characteristics and conditions that you can provide. So, with a dormant period without illumination, care is one, but for remontant plants, and even receiving enough heat and light all year round, it is a little different.

    Table: how to care for oranges with and without a dormant period

    Agricultural practice Without a dormant period for remontant varieties that bear fruit all year round Dormant for once-a-year varieties from spring to autumn Dormant in winter
    Foliar spraying Daily. As with cultivation without dormancy. Every 2-3 days.
    Watering When the top 2-3 cm dry, abundant until water runs out of the drainage holes. Moderate, only slightly wetting clod of earth.
    Top dressing Every 7-10 days with a complex fertilizer for citrus, indoor or balcony flowers containing N, P, K and trace elements. Once a month with phosphorus-potassium fertilizers.
    Illumination On the southern window, and on the shady window and in winter additional lighting is necessary for 12 hours. No illumination required, keep in partial shade.
    Temperature 20–26 o C. Minimum 8 o C, maximum 14 o C.

    Formation and pruning of an orange

    From an unformed orange, you can wait decades for fruit and never wait, because flower buds, as a rule, are laid on shoots 3 and 4 of order . And for them to appear, you need to trim. The best time is autumn-winter:

    1. One-year-old seedling grows with one stem. For branching, it must be shortened to 30–40 cm.
    2. The next year, side shoots of the first order will grow. Shorten them to 20 cm.
    3. After a year, pinch off the tops of the second order branches.
    4. In the fourth year after pinching the shoots of the third order, fruit branches of the fourth order will begin to grow.

    There are oranges that are completely covered with flowers, even on skeletal branches (of the first order). But they also need to be formed, because the more magnificent the tree, the more surfaces on it for laying fruit buds. In addition to shaping, thinning pruning is carried out according to the same principles as for garden trees: remove branches growing down, inside the crown, up and competing with the conductor.

    Video: how to form citrus fruits

    Rationing the number of flowers and fruits

    You need to ration oranges, also focusing on the individual characteristics of your plant: fruit-bearing tree, it may have fruit buds. Be sure to remove all flowers. A young plant must first form a powerful root and a lush crown with many leaves that will feed the fruits.

  6. Not all remontant oranges feel good in winter, especially if there are no good conditions: not enough heat, light, humidity. Leaves turn yellow on them, twigs dry out. Such plants should not be allowed to bloom again. Fall:
    1. Remove all second wave buds.
    2. Gather the ripe fruits that started in the spring, leaving only the unripe ones;
    3. after harvesting the last fruits, arrange a dormant period for the tree (coolness, partial shade, minimum watering and fertilizing).
  7. There are varieties that are too abundantly flowering and fruiting. Under good conditions, they tie whole bunches of oranges. In this case, the fruits will be small and juicy. On such trees, pluck out excess ovaries so that instead of brushes, 1-2 fruits remain on each branch.
  8. If your orange is large-fruited, then you need to measure the number and size of fruits with the volume of the crown. A young tree that has just entered fruiting is able to feed 1-3 large fruits, an adult, 1-1.5 m high - up to 10. This means that the extra ones that you do not like (small, clumsy, etc.) need to be removed. Also, make sure that the fruits are placed evenly throughout the crown, and not all on one branch.
  9. Oranges are self-pollinating plants, you do not need to help them with this.

    Video: features of citrus care in the room

    Oranges in the open field

    Only residents of the south try to grow oranges in the open field in Russia. If in your area the temperature in winter drops to at least -6–8 about C, then the idea should be abandoned. Already with such frosts, the crown and trunk will die without a chance of recovery. For especially stubborn there are options:

    • Wrap the whole tree for the winter with agrofibre and other air-permeable covering materials. But from frost -15–30 about C, such protection will not work.
    • Grow in tub culture. In the summer, take the tree outside, in the winter - clean it in the basement, where the temperature does not fall below 0 o C and does not rise above 10 o C.

    In regions and countries with warm winters, oranges are grown like ordinary fruit trees :

    • shape and cut;
    • Water abundantly when there is no rain;
    • they are fed with special fertilizers for fruit and berry crops;
    • protect against diseases and pests.

    Protection against diseases and pests of indoor oranges

    In the case of oranges, the axiom “it is better to prevent a disease than to cure it” is especially relevant. Trees are hung with flowers and fruits from spring to winter, and many give a harvest all year round. It is impossible to treat with chemicals, so as not to harm yourself.


    • Give your orange tree good conditions and care. A strong plant has strong immunity. It will steadfastly resist parasites or suffer to a lesser extent.
    • Add Phytosporin to the irrigation water once a week. It will prevent the development of fungal diseases. For the same purpose, periodically powder the earth in a pot with ash, crushed charcoal, dry mustard, and tobacco dust. These funds will scare away pests.
    • If an orange is stressed after transplanting, pruning, from a sudden change of place and conditions, support it with “plant vitamins”: Epin, Energen, Novosil, etc.
    • Once a month, wash the leaves and twigs with soapy water, arrange a warm shower (water temperature - 30–35 about C).

    Table: the most common diseases and pests of oranges, methods of treatment

    Disease / pest Description Methods of treatment during the period of fruiting and flowering Methods of treatment during the dormant period
    Soot fungus A black coating appears on the leaves, which is easily washed off with a damp sponge. Wash the leaves, support the immunity of the orange with a growth stimulator.
    • Treat with 1% solution of Bordeaux liquid or any fungicide (Skor, Horus, Hom, etc.).
    • Find and destroy pests, as they are the cause of this disease: they leave a sticky secretion in which the fungus develops; suck juices and reduce the immunity of the orange.
    Citrus and spider mites Both pests are microscopic. Spider webs settle on the back of the leaves, citrus fruits mainly harm the ovaries. Small light green or yellow dots appear on the affected areas. Gradually, the entire leaf or fruit turns yellow and falls off. 12–14 generations develop in open ground, even more in room conditions. Spray 3-4 times with a break of 5-7 days on the leaves with a solution of table salt (80 g per 1 liter of water). Spray 2–3 times with an interval of 5–7 days with a solution of a universal systemic preparation capable of destroying all types of pests (mites, aphids, scale insects): Karbofos, Actellik, Aktara, etc.
    Aphids Small green insects settle in large colonies on young leaves and shoots. The leaves are curled, the shoots are bent and dry out. Prepare mortar:
    1. Plane 1 tbsp. l. coniferous (green) soap.
    2. Mix with 0.5 tbsp. l. engine oil.
    3. Dissolve the resulting slurry in 1 liter of water.

    Treat every 5-7 days until pests are completely gone.

    Scale insects On the reverse side of the leaves, sometimes on the shoots, small hemispherical brown streaks are found. They are easily scraped off. It is pests hiding under their shields - scale insects. Prepare a soap-alcohol-tobacco mixture:
    1. Dissolve 45 g of pine soap in 0.5 l of hot water.
    2. Add 40 ml of alcohol and 25 g of tobacco extract (available in the store, used in agriculture and for cosmetic purposes).
    3. Mix all ingredients and make up to 1 litre.
    4. Rub the stems and leaves on both sides, wash the orange in the shower after 3 hours.

    Repeat every 5-7 days 3-4 times.

    Once-a-year-bearing oranges can be treated with pesticides not only during the dormant period, but also after flowering before fruit ripening. At the same time, observe the waiting period - the period during which it is impossible to collect and eat fruits. For example, if oranges ripen by early December, and the drug package indicates a waiting period of 45 days, then the last treatment should be done in mid-October.

    Photo gallery: lesions of potted oranges

    Sooty fungus covers the leaves with a black coating
    A leaf inhabited by mites is covered with numerous small light dots
    A soap-alcohol-tobacco mixture will help in the fight against scale insects. This culture does not like sudden changes in temperature, humidity, bright light. Fungi and insects often settle on citrus fruits.

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