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florida orange seeds

Citrus isn’t a fussy seed. Turn the soil if you’re planting outdoors, and be sure the soil is well drained and doesn’t pool. Plant the orange seeds about ¾-inch deep and cover with soil. Space outdoor orange seeds that produce large trees 12 to 25 feet apart. Smaller or dwarf orange trees need to be at least 6 to 10 feet apart.

Maintain your orange tree’s health with sun, food and water and watch for insects. The tree will grow spikes when it’s a teenager, but they’ll disappear before actual blossoms appear. After a few years, a small orb appears and grows into an orange. It may not be the same flavor as the orange that produced the seed, but that’s just one of the vagaries of growing oranges from seeds, unless you graft.

Preparing the Seeds

You can use regular potting soil when planting indoor or container orange seeds. Once the orange seed is planted, cover its container with a plastic bag until it sprouts. Then move the container to a sunny spot until it’s ready for transplanting.

Once transplanted, water twice a day, but don’t soak the soil. After several weeks, and for the citrus tree’s first few years, fertilize with a balanced organic fertilizer.

The Waiting Begins

All citrus fruit produces seeds, and they grow best in temperatures that vacillate between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8–11. California, Florida, Texas and Arizona are the country’s largest producer of oranges. Citrus sinensis defines the four classes of oranges that are sold commercially: common oranges, blood or pigmented oranges, navel oranges and acidless oranges. Before you harvest seeds from an orange, know the type of orange it is.

Florida orange seeds

Pruning branches as you harvest fruit keeps the tree shaped and gives it enough time to regenerate for the following fruiting season.

Grapefruit: 25-30 degrees (F)

After the initial three to five days, water the tree once or twice a week during winter, and two to three times a week in summer, depending on rainfall.

What is grafted citrus?

Using leftover soil from digging the hole, make a “bowl” around the newly planted tree.

For mature trees use 1 lb. per foot of branch spread.

Average heights

In spring, spray when the first flowers open to help set the bloom. DO NOT spray if there are a lot of blooms already open as this may interfere with pollination necessary for fruit production.

Citrus can handle the temperatures listed above for 8 to 10 hours before suffering any branch end damage.