We love growing our own at home and if you do too, you will be excited to learn how to grow an Orange Tree from seeds. You will love the easy process and also the chemical free results.
We recently shared with you how to grow a lemon tree and also how to grow a kiwi plant. Once you know how to grow Oranges you will be able to use their peels to make an Orange Vinegar Cleaner or whip up some Orange Date Muffins even.
How To Grow Orange Tree From Seeds Video
Little Home Gardener is here to show us how to germinate orange seeds using the wet paper towel and container method.
You can use any kind of citrus seeds you have: orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit etc. She also shows you how the germinated tangerine seeds.
Before germinating the seeds she removes the outer shell from around the seeds. This helps the seeds to germinate faster. After the seeds have germinated she plant them into normal potting soil that she mixes with some perlite. she then waters them when the soil starts to dry out. To watch the video tutorial, click Play above ^
How to germinate Orange Seeds Process
1. Collect the seeds and wash them well.
2. Put the seeds into luke warm water for a day.
3. Peel off the outer shell (use a cloth or paper towel to remove the remaining fruit flesh from the seed if it is too slippery).
4. Put seeds into clear plastic container, onto wet paper towel and close the container.
5. Keep the seeds warm: put the container into a warm room or on a warm surface.
6. Wait for the seeds to germinate. Once the roots appear plant them into soil.
If you would like to purchase seeds, they are available on Etsy, you can even buy a combination of different seeds for a small amount. You can visit here
Caring for Citrus Seedlings
Once the seeds have sprouted, they need consistent light to grow well. A sunny windowsill or a place under grow lights helps them to grow a strong stem and healthy leaves. Fertilize the newly sprouted seedlings with weak manure or compost tea or houseplant fertilizer once when they first sprout, and then once every couple of weeks. Weekly watering keeps them growing well. If they dry out and the leaves start to curl, they may or may not recover with a good soaking in the sink. Letting them dry out multiple times will weaken and eventually kill the plants.
Caring for Citrus Trees
The first year, citrus seedlings will grow enough to need to be transplanted to a 10- or 12-inch diameter pot. Check the bottom of the pot to see if roots are growing out of drainage holes. If so, it’s time to transplant it to a larger pot. Keep your citrus seedlings healthy and growing strong with consistent water and as much light as you can provide, plus occasional fertilizing. As the seedlings get bigger, they will sprout spiky thorns on their branches, so be careful when watering and transplanting. Occasional pruning of the top central stalks keep the seedlings from growing lanky.
With a little care and attention to their few needs, you can grow citrus trees to grace your home, clean your indoor air, use for culinary and craft purposes and—eventually—provide some homegrown fruit. Information via Etsy