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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