Can You Plant a Seed From an Orange?
The joy of planting a seed from a piece of fruit you’ve just eaten and watching it sprout is an exciting adventure, especially when you do it with a child. But if you’re looking to grow an orange (Citrus) tree that bears fruit, your child may be in his teens before you can enjoy fresh oranges from your tree. Planting orange seeds is how farmers create rootstock, but the consumer attempting to grow an orange tree in his yard or a container must wait up to seven years before he can pick the fruits of his labor. In addition, the orange may not even taste good.
Types of Orange Seeds
All citrus fruit produces seeds, and they grow best in temperatures that vacillate between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8–11. California, Florida, Texas and Arizona are the country’s largest producer of oranges. Citrus sinensis defines the four classes of oranges that are sold commercially: common oranges, blood or pigmented oranges, navel oranges and acidless oranges. Before you harvest seeds from an orange, know the type of orange it is.
Preparing the Seeds
Once you’ve plucked the orange seeds from the orange, soak and clean them of any membranes that may be attached. Never plant a dry seed, as soaking leaches out any growth inhibitors that may be lurking beneath the seed’s surface. An orange seed planted in the yard needs loose soil. The restricted soil of a pot inhibits root growth, which can lead to root rot, so plant your seeds in a large pot.
Germinating Citrus Seeds
Citrus isn’t a fussy seed. Turn the soil if you’re planting outdoors, and be sure the soil is well drained and doesn’t pool. Plant the orange seeds about ¾-inch deep and cover with soil. Space outdoor orange seeds that produce large trees 12 to 25 feet apart. Smaller or dwarf orange trees need to be at least 6 to 10 feet apart.
You can use regular potting soil when planting indoor or container orange seeds. Once the orange seed is planted, cover its container with a plastic bag until it sprouts. Then move the container to a sunny spot until it’s ready for transplanting.
Once transplanted, water twice a day, but don’t soak the soil. After several weeks, and for the citrus tree’s first few years, fertilize with a balanced organic fertilizer.
Planting Orange Seeds
Orange seeds can be planted at any time of year if you’re growing a tree, but springtime is the best season for planting container oranges. Temperatures are ideal at 80F, but seeds sown in 60F will survive. Germination takes place in three to five weeks, and once the seed has sprouted, move the container to a sunny location. If you’re planting outdoors, be sure the location gets good sun and that the temperatures don’t dip below 60F.
The Waiting Begins
Maintain your orange tree’s health with sun, food and water and watch for insects. The tree will grow spikes when it’s a teenager, but they’ll disappear before actual blossoms appear. After a few years, a small orb appears and grows into an orange. It may not be the same flavor as the orange that produced the seed, but that’s just one of the vagaries of growing oranges from seeds, unless you graft.
Grafting Oranges for Consistency
Grafting is a surgical process in which the grower takes part a stem from a young citrus tree, cuts it away and attaches it to a healthy rootstock plant known as the host. This ensures the type and flavor of the orange as it duplicates the oranges from the rootstock tree. Growers depend on grafting to produce a consistent crop.
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How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.
Introduction: How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.
Today, I am germinating orange seeds. I sailed a lot on the internet, so I find as a tree grown from seed can take up to 15 years, so I decided to try to reduce the chronology of its growth in this project, I have covered two phases here ;
1. Faster Germination Method and
This is a fairly simple process and its a good beginner DIY project. For this I am using a glass bottle, paper towel, tap water, container and soil, generally it went great and I am very happy, I hope you like this project.
Materials Required for Growing Oranges :-
- Paper Towel
- Container or Pot
- Regular Soil (Compost mix)
Note: – Plastic Container aren’t necessary, but its just help make the process go faster.
Step 1: Choosing, Extracting and Peeling of Seeds.
Get fresh oranges and make sure they full of juice, the best way to find seeds squeeze them and feel good factor after selecting orange, the next process is to extract the seeds, cut the orange in half and choose seeds and try to collect as many as you can, wash the seeds before peeling seeds.
Note:- Peeling seeds can be difficult in the first attempt, I damaged many seeds in peeling. So take time in the process. Slow and steady is the right way.
Step 2: Seeds on Paper Cloth
Now adding all the seeds on paper towels and spray water, not over do it. This can cause the seed to germinate.
Step 3: Bottle Germination Process
Fold gently paper towel and spray water on it, here I am using clean glass bottle for germination. Gently push the paper towel in bottle and sealed with a cork or a piece of wood.
Step 4: Uncapped Bottle After 7 Days
Uncapped bottle after a week and eliminate all seeds from paper towel, also careful about seeds elimination, I lost some seeds in the disposal.
Step 5: Seeds in Container
Add all the seeds in the container, here I am using the plastic container for propagation, adding regular soil mixed with compost, then loosen the soil for seeds, adding seeds and cover with soil and spraying a Little water.
Step 6: Final Look and Getting Good Progress
Here are the images of 1 month progress;
- After 3 days it shoots some green buds.
- After a week 6 buds grown little.
- After 2 weeks it grow little further and
- In 3 week it remain same length
After the 4th week a month later it was gone with 2 strong shoots, but it might be fertilizing too much, there leaves getting brown also shoots a new leaves, I hope its a natural process.
I will continue to publish the growth of this plants in the comments section, I hope it will not take too long until the fruit stage. I hope you like this project. Please share your experience with any research on orange plants. Thank you!
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I got the first part to work. The orange seeds sprouted. I transferred the seeds to soil and it’s been a month and no shoots have popped up as yet. It’s a bit colder in the UK so I left the pot in the shed. It is quite warm in the shed and there are windows. I’m not too sure about the watering as I’ve just left it in a tray of water.
Question 7 months ago on Step 3
Hi. Do I need to spray any water during the seven days when seeds are in bottle. Thanks
I enjoyed going through all. I always planted lemon seeds, but none sprouted. From a horticulture point of view, trees from seeds don’t produce quality fruits.
Reply 3 years ago
If right planning & caring to plants, anything can be grown from seeds. I disagree , do some biological research seeds can be produce quality fruits.
Will this work with tomato seeds? I tried germinating and then planting some cherry tomato seeds but they never sprouted.
Reply 3 years ago
The easiest way to grow tomatoes from seed is to cut one or two in half and expel the gel like liquid into a small container, along with the seeds, of course 🙂 Place this container into a large Ziploc and put in a warm location with Ziploc open for the first day or 2 and seal it after. I like to put mine on top of the fridge. After a few days, check for a layer of fuzzy mold growing on top. The more liquid you started with, the more mold you need to wait for to ensure all seeds get treated with the enzyme that results from the decomposing tomato product. Once you are satisfied with the mold growth, gently clean the seeds in cool or warm, not hot water and either dry for preserving, or go ahead and germinate with your preferred method. If using store bought tomatoes, I always germinate a portion from each batch before preserving to verify the seeds are viable since alot of farmers are growing gmo or sterile plants. Its best risk but an heirloom plant or seed and preserve seeds from these for future use!
Reply 3 years ago
You can try this but it’s very hard to remove tomato seeds protective layer, you can simply cut tomatoes and lay the slices on top of the soil. The sun does all the work and the seeds fall through the slice and grow up through the rotting tomato slice, almost acting like its own self-made compost in the early stages of growing. I hope this will work, let me know if you trying another attempt.
Reply 3 years ago
Great guide, thank you. I have successfully germinated lemon, grapefruit and lime seeds in the pat (many years ago) despite living in the middle of the UK. I just let my seeds dry out and then planted them in my own home made compost/fertiliser. Sadly I did not know how to properly care for them back then and they died after 12 months 🙁 You mention this method of slicing tomatoes and just laying them on the soil. I’ve seen first hand nature growing this same way. It happens where people discard a half eaten (for example) cheese and tomato sandwich. As long as local wildlife does not get to the tasty treat the sandwich will degrade leaving the sliced tomato to do its stuff and the seeds germinate and produce new plants. They are quite successful at producing new tomatoes this way.
How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.: Today, I am germinating orange seeds. I sailed a lot on the internet, so I find as a tree grown from seed can take up to 15 years, so I decided to try to reduce the chronology of its growth in this project, I have covered two phases here ;1. Faster …