The Q&A Archives: Planting Citrus Trees

Question: How do I plant orange and lemon trees. Also, what are the best places in the yard to plant?

Answer: Citrus will grow in most soils that are moist but well drained. Avoid salty soils. Choose a site protected from wind, with maximum sun exposure.

Standard-size orange and grapefruit trees grow 18 to 22 feet tall; dwarf varieties grow 8 to 12 feet tall. Most citrus trees begin to bear at three to six years. In your gardening region, citrus can be planted either in spring or in fall. Set standard-size trees 12 to 25 feet apart, set dwarfs 6 to 10 feet apart. (Distance will depend on type and variety.) Set standard-size oranges 20 feet apart, standard-size grapefruit 25 feet apart. Limes and lemons require less space. Plant the trees no deeper than they grew in the nursery container and be sure to water well after planting. Best wishes with your new citrus trees!

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