Fertilizing Orange Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
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Question by chesman
April 5, 1998
When should I fertilize my Satsuma orange trees throughout the year? They are in bloom now.

Answer from NGA
April 5, 1998
If you're on the Gulf Coast, where soils drain quickly and you get a lot of rain, you'll need to fertilize trees 3 years and older 3 times per year between February and September. Topdress the soil with organic matter and compost, and feed your trees a slow-release formula that will not leach away quickly. As trees mature, they'll need more fertilizer each year: at 3 years, they need 0.3 lb actual nitrogen (about 6 lbs of 5-5-5 fertilizer) per application; at 4 years, 0.4 lb (about 8 lbs of 5-5-5) and it increases by 0.5 lbs per year until the trees are 7-10 years old, where application amounts peak at 0.5 lb per application. If you live north of the Gulf Coast weather influence and your soil is rich, you can reduce applications a bit.

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