orange tree - Knowledgebase Question

watsonville, Ca
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Question by marylhenders
July 16, 2010
we have an old navel orange tree it doesn't get many oranges for the last few years we don't know what to do about how often to water it and does it need feeding or fertilizer. Thank you

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010
A mature orange tree probably does not need to be deliberately watered. The root system should be deep and wide enough to pick up the moisture it needs when other plants, trees or lawns are watered. You might try feeding your tree, though. A specially formulated citrus food will provide the nutrients your tree needs for optimum health. There are both granular forms and tree spikes. Use whichever you think will be most practical for your tree and use in amounts as recommended on the package for the size of your tree. There's not much else you can do to encourage fruit development. You can try pruning your tree back to encourage new growth which might also encourage lots of flowers later in the season. Best wishes with your tree.

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