The Q&A Archives: Citrus Planting

Question: I am planning to plant two fruit trees, one Valencia Orange and one Tangerine tree. Please answer the following questions, if possible :

1) Is this a good time of the year to do so ?

2) What size of plants would you recommend ?

3) Where do I get the details about planting, such as:
- how far a part do I plant these two trees ?
- how big of a hole should I dig for e to plant each one?
- what kind of planting soil do you recommend ?
- etc.....
4) Do you recommend regular size trees or the dwarf ones ?

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Hamid Behdad

Answer: Spring is an excellent time to plant trees, followed by autumn and winter. Avoid summer heat - it only adds to transplant stress. Choose the largest tree you can afford - you'll enjoy the fruit that much faster! Planting is easy; provide a sunny spot, space trees 12' or more apart (to accommodate future growth), dig a hole larger than the rootmass of the tree, then backfill with native soil and build a cone of soil at the bottom of the hole. Drape the roots over the soil so they fall in a natural way. Fill the hole with soil, tamping it gently so as to remove any air pockets around the roots. Be sure to plant at the same level the tree was growing in the container. Water well (1-inch per week) until the tree is established. If you have room, plant regular sized trees - you'll have a larger harvest. Dwarf trees are much smaller at maturity - if you have only a little bit of space, plant dwarfs. Most of all, enjoy your harvests!

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