The apartment orange tree is one of the only citrus fruits that adapts perfectly to the heated interior of our homes and apartments.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Citrus madurensis
Family : Rutaceae
Height : 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Soil
Foliage : Persistent
Flowering : January to December
Repotting, maintenance, watering and pruning are all things that will help you have a very beautiful indoor orange tree.
Plant, repot an indoor orange tree
Planting an orange tree in a pot:
It is recommended to plant the indoor orange tree in a potting mix possibly enriched with fertilizer.
- The pot must be hole at the bottom to prevent the roots from stagnating in the water.
Ideally, put a layer of gravel, clay balls or pebbles at the bottom of the pot to make sure that the excess water drains well to the bottom. Allow a layer of 3 to 4 cm.
Plan a repotting in a pot of slightly larger diameter every 2 to 3 years.
- Repotting is done in the spring or late summer.
- Follow our advice for repot your calamondin well
- Multiplication of calamondin by layering.
Pruning, maintenance of the apartment orange tree
No pruning is really necessary but it can sometimes be useful.
To rebalance the silhouette or reduce the branches of your orange tree, prune immediately after repotting, which is preferably done in spring.
- A repotting approximately every 2 years is recommended.
Do this preferably in late winter or in the spring after flowering and fruiting.
You will be able add citrus fertilizer throughout the growing phase, from September to January.
Diseases, common parasites in indoor orange trees:
- Mealybugs, whitish down on the foliage: how to fight?
Watering the indoor orange tree
Indoors, water regularly, But without excess as soon as the ground is dry.
- You may increase the doses in spring and in summer especially when it's hot and dry.
- In winter, wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters between 2 waterings.
Things to know about the apartment orange tree
The indoor orange tree is a small fruit shrub that gives edible fruits, but so sour that they are indigestible when consumed.
- Cross between the kumquat and the mandarin, it is often used as houseplant.
If you can, it is good to take out your apartment orange tree after any risk of frost, from May until the end of summer.
You will install it in a bright place, but in avoiding direct sun in the hottest hours.
Also avoid the direct proximity of a heater in winter as they tend to dry out houseplants.