Indoor small orange tree just bought - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by alanhiram
February 7, 2011
How do I take care of this small (2ft.) tree. It has been flowering.

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2011
Place your orange tree in bright indirect light, such as beside a sunny window. Avoid exposing your orange tree to direct summer sunlight through the glass, though, or it will burn the leaves.

Water your orange tree deeply and thoroughly to moisten the soil down to the bottom of the container whenever the top 1 or 2 inches of potting soil dries out slightly. Watering the orange tree once or twice a week during the spring, summer and early autumn is usually sufficient.

Mist your indoor orange tree or place the pot on top of a drainage dish filled with gravel and water to raise the humidity levels around the tree, especially in winter when indoor heating causes the air to dry out. Mist your orange tree once every three days or so during hot, dry weather and throughout the winter months.

Feed your orange tree once every three or four weeks week during its active growing season with a liquid citrus fertilizer. Follow the dosage instructions on the label.

Prune back your orange tree's branch tips when the new-growth branch reaches about 4 to 6 inches long. In February, prune away and weak or damaged larger branches on the orange tree.

Repot your orange tree during the growing season when the tree's roots fill the pot. Repot the tree into a container that is the next size up from the current pot, planting the tree in a slightly acid, loam-based compost potting mix, such as a mixture of peat moss, organic compost and some sand or grit.

Hope you enjoy your new tree and it produces fruit for you.

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