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Huntington Beach, CA
Matthewcurt
Jun 15, 2020 5:35 PM CST
Does anyone know if this dwarf orange tree looks okay? It produced some small fruit around January (it's first year planted) but now the leaves look a little yellow and it hasn't been growing any more.
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 15, 2020 5:42 PM CST
Welcome!
It looks dry. The leaves are curling up and dull colored and not flat and shiny. (The yellow color only tells me it is stressed.)

Oranges like well draining soil but should be watered well when the soil is dry to the depth of your finger. It will also eventually need fertilizer, but sort out the water first. (Fertilizing stressed plants only stresses them more.)
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Huntington Beach, CA
Matthewcurt
Jun 15, 2020 5:46 PM CST
Thank you! It's in clay soil so it doesn't drain well. I went two weeks as a test without watering a section of my plants and then felt the soil and it still was wet, but I imagine I still need to water more frequently then that even with the clay.
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 15, 2020 5:53 PM CST
Feel the dirt, then decide when to water. Clay holds water (good in this case) but oranges don't like wet feet all the time. Oranges mostly have roots in the top 6 inches of the soil and should stay damp but not wet. If it has been soggy all this time the yellow leaves and curling are due to too much water....
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