One look at the fruit-laden dwarf orange tree would certainly leave the gardening enthusiasts want one for their home. Those who have a keen interest in gardening or love to keep exotic house plants will find the idea of bringing one home extremely attractive.
This tropical house plant is surely a visual treat due to its green, glossy leaves and fragrant orange blossoms. This tree generally grows up to 2-3 feet in height, but it could grow up to 10 feet, if not pruned. The ideal way to grow this tree would be to grow it in a container.
You can keep it in your patio. Make sure it receives eight hours of sunshine daily. Provide it with the right conditions to grow and you might be able to see beautiful blooms and miniature oranges twice in a year.
Caring for This Tree
Size of the Container
Ensure that the size of the container is right; you need to keep the depth of the root ball in mind while selecting a container. Diameter of the container should be wider than the root ball. This tree has a shallow root system, so you need to select a wide container that allows better growth. Remember that the plant should be re-potted every two years.
This dwarf citrus tree requires a temperature ranging from 68-80 °F, and it requires eight hours of sunshine daily. During winter, keep it indoors at a place where the temperature is below 50 °F.
So, if you see yellow leaves replacing the glossy foliage, check the pH of the soil. You could take 1 quart water at room temperature and mix ½ tsp. magnesium sulfate to it to lower the pH of the soil.
You could keep the container in a drip tray as you water the tree. In case you see the tray getting filled up with water, drain it off and place it back.
So, let this tree beautify your garden or patio. Take good care of this tree and you can expect fragrant blossoms and small, juicy, tart oranges on your tree.