Looking After Your Orange Tree in Spain

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Many people who own or rent a property in Spain are lucky enough to have an orange tree in their garden; however, it is often difficult to know how to care for it, resulting in the tree dying and the dreams of making homemade orange juice for breakfast fading.

Here is a simple guide of how to care for your orange tree:

  • Plant the orange tree in spring, before the hot summer arrives. This will allow the roots to grow and become strong enough to deal with the heat.
  • The tree must be kept in a sunny area, avoid planting near anything which may cause shade.
  • Make sure that the tree is planted in an area which has good drainage and give the tree two inches of water after planting.
  • Make sure that you water the tree at least once a week, particularly in the high summer season.
  • Wait until the fruit is completely orange with no green colour before harvesting them.

For those of you who may not know, here are some interesting facts about orange trees:

  • If looked after properly an orange tree can grow up to fifty feet high and live for over 100 years.
  • Before oranges form on the tree it usually blossoms little white flowers
  • Oranges start off yellow in colour before they ripen and turn orange
  • Some orange trees can take up to 18 months to blossom

For more information on garden maintenance on the Costa del Sol, please visit our website or contact us on telephone: (+34) 952 83 95 95 or email info@homecareontheweb.com


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