The Q&A Archives: watering naval orange trees?

Question: Hi, I just planted a 5' naval orange tree in sunny california (huntington beach), and am wondering how often to water it? It's on the same system as the rest of my backyard plants, flowers, etc., where I water every other day. Is that too often? The gardener planted in good soil with fertilizer. I put in a bubbling sprinkler head as well.

Answer: Citrus trees like deep watering and prefer to have the soil kept on the moist side so as long as the soil drains well and never remains soggy, your citrus tree should be happy. Watch for signs of stress as it adjusts to its new garden spot but don't be alarmed if it looks sad for a few weeks. Check the soil's moisture level by digging your finger down into the soil. If it is soggy wet one inch beneath the surface, the tree is getting too much water; if it is moist, it is just right for your tree. Best wishes with your new tree!

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