Orange (Container Grown) Growing Guide

Orange (Container Grown)

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Warm, moist soil, well-enriched with organic matter. Oranges grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock may be grown in containers.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Grow at temperatures above 7°C (45°F).


In spring and summer, feed with a balanced organic fertiliser. Yellowing leaves indicate a need for more nitrogen.


Oranges and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company, so companion plants have to be planted a little way away.


Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out new plants in spring. Grow in containers of rich compost to keep plants compact and to make it easy to move plants. Good drainage is essential. Start small plants in containers at least 30cm (1ft) wide and pot them up a size yearly until they reach mature size.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Prune in spring or summer to shape plants, and watch for thorns. Very sweet oranges need a long season of warm weather, but kumquats, calamondin oranges and satsumas fruit well in marginal areas or when grown in containers.


Pick when richly coloured and fully ripe. Picking can continue for several weeks as fruits do not ripen all at once.


Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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