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Simple Steps On How to Plant A Navel Orange Tree Successfully

How to Plant A Navel Orange Tree Successfully

Growing a Navel orange tree is easier than you may think. When you plant an orange tree the right way, it produces super sweet fruit. Learn how below!

Are you interested in growing Navel oranges at home?

Think of the wonderful fruit you could grow naturally and efficiently without ever having to pay for oranges at the store again. Doesn't that sound nice?

The good news is that it is much easier than you might think to plant and grow a Navel orange tree indoors or outdoors on your own property. 

If you want to learn how to produce your own Navel oranges, keep reading to find out how to get started and how to maintain your orange tree. 

Planning to Plant a Navel Orange Tree

There are critical characteristics to remember when trying to find a good spot for your new Navel orange tree.

Some of the factors to consider before you plant it are:

  • Soil - Soil must be fertile and well-draining. The best option would be a soil that consists of organic matter, clay, and dirt.
  • Timing - Plan to plant your orange tree between early and middle spring to allow them time to root with warm weather available.
  • Location - A sunny area of the property without grass is the perfect spot for an orange tree because they love warm weather. Don't be afraid to plant your tree near your concrete patio either because the reflected heat will help the tree.
  • Position - The hole you plant needs to be twice as big as the tree's root ball so they can spread. The root ball top should be 1 inch above the soil because it will settle into the ground after the tree becomes more established.

You can always change your landscape to help it match what your orange tree will need as well, but it is best to do this before you plant the tree. 

How to Grow Oranges Fast

You should know that oranges are not going to pop up on your tree right away. It takes time!

The best way to make your oranges grow faster is to take care of your tree. On average, it can take about five months before you see ripe fruit on the tree. It will flower, become a green or yellow fruit, and then mature into the fruit you love. 

Once all the green is no longer visible on the fruit and it is sweet on the inside, you know the fruit is ripe. A great thing about Navel orange trees is that they continue producing fruit every year!

Can You Grow a Tree in a Pot?

Yes! You can grow a Navel orange tree in a container if you live in an area that wouldn't be good for a tree of this type outside.

The trees grow to be about 4-6 feet tall, so as long as you have space, you can even grow these trees indoors.

Make sure you have a container that has good drainage and is at least 5 to 15 gallons. In addition to this, find soil that is a good mixture of natural elements, such as your favorite potting soil.

Don't forget to water your tree, but don't overwater. If this happens, you can see the leaves wilt. Taking the tree outside for a while and letting the soil drain for a day helps to fix this problem. Review our citrus care guide for more watering information.

If your tree is indoors, you still need sunlight. Full sun exposure is best, but a growing light would work as well. At least 6 hours of sunlight is good for these tropical trees.

Maintaining Your Tree

When your orange tree is still pretty new, you need to water it regularly and water it deeply. Your soil as far as 5 or 6 inches down needs to be moist.

Another thing to remember is that fertilization of the tree during the growing season can help it become healthier.

Don't add fertilizer to the hole when you plant the tree because it may damage the roots. Look for a fertilizer that has high nitrogen levels for citrus and apply the fertilizer around, but not touching, the trunk.

Ready to Plant?

By taking care of your Navel orange tree, you are ensuring delicious and healthy Navel oranges year after year! Check out the impressive nutrition facts and health benefits of eating Navel oranges.

If you want to learn how citrus fruits can benefit you, check out our blog to discover a wide array of useful growing tips, insights, and citrus recipes.

Owning a Navel orange tree may be the perfect thing for you to support a happy and healthy lifestyle. Check out the US Citrus tree collection for more exotic citrus tree varieties, delivered straight to your door!

From Root to Fruit: How to Care for a Navel Orange Tree

How to Care for a Navel Orange Tree

Navel oranges, the sweeter and more durable of the citrus fruits. If you want to grow your own, check out the info below to learn how to care for a navel orange tree.

Citrus fruits provide some of the best natural health benefits of any fruit. Plus, oranges and citrus foods are delicious.

One excellent way to get more citrus in your diet is to grow your own fruit.

If you love oranges, the navel orange is one of the sweeter varieties. Here's how to care for a navel orange tree to grow the best oranges. 

There Are No Seeds

Navel oranges are seedless. To start growing your own navel orange tree, you can't plant a seed and watch your tree grow. 

How do you grow something without seeds?

You can start with a tree from your local nursery. Or, if you have a little more of a green thumb, try grafting a new tree from a blossom.

Grafting starts by taking a blossoming bud from an established navel orange tree. You'll unite it with the trunk or root of a different compatible fruit tree.

Navel orange trees work well with lemons, limes, and grapefruits trees. Choose any of these fruit trees to start your navel orange graft. 

Cutting Instead of Grafting

If grafting is more of a challenge than you'd like, you can also try rooting a cutting. 

Choose a young branch from an existing navel orange tree. You need soft wood for the best chance that roots will catch in the soil from the cutting. 

Shape the end of the branch into a point. Use rooting hormone powder on the pointy end and bury it in a pot full of damp sand. Keep the sand watered and wrapped in plastic to stay moist. 

In a few weeks, you should see roots in the pot. Once you see roots, transplant the new tree into a pot with potting soil. 

Growing Your Tree

Your tree will soon outgrow the pot. Once it's large enough to survive in the ground, find a good place in your yard or garden for your tree. 

The best time of year to plant your tree is in the fall. This gives your new tree plenty of time to establish roots before the heat of the summer.

Give your tree plenty of space. A navel orange tree can grow up to 30 feet tall and live for decades. 

When transplanting the tree from the pot, dig a hole twice as big as the root ball. Make sure the tree can get sunlight for at least six hours a day. 

Water your new tree well. Make sure your mulch stays at about six inches away from the trunk of the tree. 

The Navel Orange Is a Seedless Wonder

Without seeds, growing navel oranges can be a challenge.

But once you've grown your first navel orange tree, you'll have the experience to grow as many oranges as you like. With more oranges in your diet, you'll also experience the many health benefits of citrus. 

Be sure to select the best pot for your cuttings or graft. Check out our article on growing citrus trees in pots to improve your citrus tree growing knowledge!