Ask a Question forum: Tangerine or orange tree - I need help growing one

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May 4, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I need help. I am not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination. But now I have a little miracle on my hands and don't know how to take care of it. A dear friend of the family who grew Citrus for a passed time passed away in February. I was given a tangerine and an orange from his personal trees. They were delicious and so on a whim I thought I'll just stick the seeds in a pot and see what happens. I didn't water them, I just stuck them in some soil in a little pot that I had. Now I have two sprouts growing in the same pot. And it is a tiny little pot. I have been known to kill plants. Can somebody please give me some guidance on what to do. I am going to feel horrible if these little trees die because I believe they have been touched by an angel.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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May 4, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Welcome! and Congratulations!

Even though your pot is small, I wouldn't attempt to repot trees that small. If you let them get slightly rootbound, the root ball will hold together better and they will suffer less shock.

For now, keep them damp (not wet and don't let the pot sit in water) and give them plenty of bright light (no direct sun). Wherever you have them right now seems to be a good spot as they are not stretching for light. A good sign.

It will be several years before you get any fruit. The trees might grow really big thorns and have oddly shaped leaves for a couple years. But when the thorns disappear and the leaves start looking like orange tree leaves, you can start expecting some blooms.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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