Orange tree will not grow - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, CA
Question by AGARCIAC
March 5, 2006
Around 6 or 7 years ago I planted an orange tree. It was around 3 feet tall when I planted it. For a couple of years it did great, flowering in spring and producing oranges later. But then it began to die. The upper branches just dried out. I prunned the dead branches. I kept on doing that, making the tree shorter and shorter. It got down to around 10 inches tall. It has remained like that for at least 2 years. It still grows leaves and some flowers.
Any thoughts on what went wrong and if it can be fixed?
Thank you

Answer from NGA
March 5, 2006


It doesn't sound as though your little orange tree is ever going to grow up and produce fruit. Rather than try to nurse it along, I'd vote for replacing it with a healthy new tree. Just to make sure your new tree gets off to a good start, be sure to find a sunny site for it, and amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to ensure good drainage. Keep your new tree well watered and fertilized and it should quickly become established in your landscape. It should produce fruit by the second year. Best wishes with your garden!

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