How to Grow Oranges in the UK

For gardeners in the UK, growing citrus fruit trees might seem like an exotic endeavour. However, with the right advice and technique, you might be able to successfully grow delicious oranges on your own trees. The key is to follow a few essential steps to ensure your tree can thrive in the UK climate and produce juicy, flavourful fruit. In this blog, we will provide a step-by-step guide to growing oranges on trees in the UK, and how to give them the best chance at growing delicious fruit. 

  1. Choose the Right Variety

Before you start, you should know that not all orange varieties grow well in the UK climate. If you want your tree to flourish, you'll need to opt for varieties that are comfortable in the UK such as the Hamlin or Clementine, our Orange Trees are perfect for this. These varieties are more likely to tolerate the UK’s colder and less sunny weather conditions compared to other citrus fruit varieties. 

  1. Give Them the Right Environment

Orange trees prefer well-drained soil and a lot of sunlight, so make sure you plant them in a location that can provide them with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. It may be wise to choose a south-facing aspect that can maximise the amount of sunlight it receives. Keep them indoors and place them near a window that provides these things, you can move your tree around during the day according to the light your house receives.

  1. Provide Adequate Water

Orange trees need plenty of water, especially in hot weather. But too much water can be detrimental to their overall health, causing root rot and fungal infections. The key is to find a balance. When watering an orange tree, ensure to make the soil moist up to a depth of around 6 inches deep, and then let it dry out slightly before watering again.

  1. Proper Pruning

Removing dead growth and pruning your tree may increase its overall health and encourage fruit growth. It's best to do this in the late winter / early spring when orange trees are not actively growing. Focus on removing any damaged or dead-looking branches, leaving at least two or three healthy-looking stems. Prune back to just below the bud or node, and angle your cut slightly, which can help encourage new growth.

  1. Consider Fertiliser

A well-nourished tree is critical to growing sweet juicy oranges. You may opt to fertilise your tree with nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus fertilisers, ensure they contain trace elements like iron, magnesium, and zinc. This can help your orange tree stay healthy and encourage fruit growth, reducing the risks of pests and diseases.

Growing oranges on trees in the UK might not be the easiest task, but it can be rewarding and satisfying once you have your first fresh crop of juicy fruit. With our step-by-step guide, you now have the knowledge you need to take on this new challenge and get to enjoy the results of your hard work. So, go ahead! Get started, and you might just discover that you have a green thumb for growing oranges on trees in the UK!