The orange tree is an evergreen fruit tree that produces very characteristic sweet fruits that we all know: oranges. But in addition, every spring small and fragrant flowers sprout from it that are very decorative; and that’s not to mention that over time it can even serve as a shade plant.
For all these reasons, it is a very interesting fruit tree, both for growing in the orchard and in the garden. So… when to plant orange trees?
Orange trees are trees that reach a height of about 5-6 meters, although normally they are not allowed to grow more than three since with those meters it begins to cost a bit to pick the oranges that are taller . But it is rather small plants, tolerant to pruning, so it can be kept in gardens or orchards from small to large, and even in a pot .
Knowing this, it is not surprising that every year there are many people who want to sow orange seeds in spring. But how is that done? Well, the first thing is preparing the material that is going to be needed, which is :
- Absorbent paper or cotton
- clear plastic tupperware
- Vermiculite (preferably) or growing medium
- organic orange
- label and pencil
You got it? So now you can follow this step by step :
- The first thing is to get an organic orange, which, unlike those sold in supermarkets, contains seeds.
- Then, you have to eat it and clean the seeds well with water, trying to keep them free of any remaining fleshy pulp.
- Then, they are wrapped in a double layer of absorbent paper or cotton previously moistened with water. You have to make sure it doesn’t leak.
- Next, it is placed in a Tupperware container without a lid and placed near a heat source but out of direct sunlight.
- After about 30 days they will germinate and will be sown in individual pots of about 8.5cm in diameter with vermiculite or plant growth substrate.
- Finally, you have to sprinkle the surface of the substrate with copper or sulfur to prevent the appearance of fungi and insert the label with the sowing date.