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How do you get an orange tree to blossom??

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by BARTSFAM, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. BARTSFAM

    BARTSFAM Member

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    I live in Massachusetts. Years ago, I went to Florida and picked up one of those ornamental orange trees at the airport. I brought it home, and for 10 years had pretty little oranges on the tree, until it died.

    Five years ago, I did the same thing. I went to Florida, and brought home two ornamental orange trees.
    The trees are pretty good size, and I trimmed them as the instructions said. In the summer I leave them on the deck, and bring them in for the fall and winter. They get pleanty of sun, Miracle Grow, and a big pot.

    Why don't I have any blossoms or oranges? I have nothing but green leafy trees! They are over five years old!
    Am I missing something, any of you "green thumbs" know about?

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  2. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Maybe it's a different cultivar of orange, not as happy in pots as your others. I've had Meyer Lemons, had one fruiting well for 5 years or so, left it out in a early hard frost, killed it. The replacement sucked, though. I think it was stressed young and never wanted to reach it' s full potential. Forgive the anthropomorphizing.
  3. btuser

    btuser Minister of Fire

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    Scare the hell out of it.

    Show it the wood stove.
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  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    In the spring, don't use the miracle grow. Add a good fertilizer to the soil that is higher in phosphorus and potassium than nitrogen to boost blossoming.
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  5. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    Apples trees don't produce until they reach a certain age. This can be made shorter by using a dwarfing root stock. I'm going to guess that orange trees can be sped up the same way. The quality of the tree stock also makes a difference and you may have not bought the best stock.

    Matt

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