Caring Tips For Navel Orange Trees
Gardeners love to grow navel orange trees because they produce really juicy fruit that’s quite delicious. Here are some tips to caring the navel orange trees. Provide proper light, navel orange trees need a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight per day. Bright sunlight during summer is optimal for young tree growth. Maintain the proper temperature for your trees. Room temperature is always suitable (about 65 to 70 degrees F). In hotter temperatures and higher humidity levels, surround the base of the trees with damp pebbles or moist peat moss to keep them cool, and spray them with water occasionally. Water the trees. Allow about 1 inch of the top soil to dry before watering again. Actively growing, younger trees need special attention, as they soak up water more quickly; water young trees more frequently. Feed the trees with a high-potash, tomato-type fertilizer every two weeks. During periods when light intensity may be poorer than usual, refrain from feeding until the light quality improves. Re-pot the trees as they grow. Orange navel trees can begin to flower in 5-to-6 inch pots, but will need at least 10-inch pots to achieve full fruition.
Use a soil-based potting mixture to re-pot the plants once flower-growth is visible. Propagate the trees. Propagation is the process of using stem cuttings or seedlings from existing trees to cultivate new trees. Place a 3-to-6 inch long stem cutting in hormone-rooting powder and plant it in a small pot of half peat moss, half coarse sand. Put the potted cutting into a plastic bag and place in room temperature in medium light. In six to eight weeks, rooting will take place. Remove the plastic bag and water the plant enough to keep the mixture from drying out. Fertilize monthly.