The Q&A Archives: Planting Orange Tree

Question: I live in Sacramento,CA and we have temperatures below 0* in the winter. My Grandfather just gave me a 5' orange tree in a small pot. I have accidently killed two previous orange trees and do not want to do the same to this one. I have 2 peach,1 berry, 1 apricot, and about 50' of differen't grapevines that are all in the ground and do well. My question is, Should I plant it near these other trees, or far away. And WHEN? And HOW? I'm lost.Please HELP
Thank You.

Answer: Sacramento's summertime heat and humidity will suit your new citrus tree just fine, but the winters outdoors will be just too cold for it to survive. In southern California, where oranges are grown commercially, growers scramble to protect the trees if temperatures in the 30's are predicted. My suggestion is to keep your tree in a container and move it indoors over the winter months. You can take it outdoors in the spring and bring it back indoors in the fall. Place your tree in a sunny spot while indoors and water as the soil dries. When you take it outdoors, find a sunny spot and water daily when the weather gets really hot. Good luck with your tree!

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