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Orange trees are a beautiful tree to have growing in your home or backyard. Not only do they produce wonderful smelling leaves, but mature trees also bear fruit. Orange seeds are quite easy to germinate, but a tree grown from an orange seed can take anywhere from seven to 15 years to bear fruit. If you’re looking for a tree that will produce fruit faster, you’re better off getting a grafted tree from a nursery. But if you’re looking for a fun project and want to grow a tree for your home or yard, germinating an orange seed is a fun and easy way to do it.
This article was co-authored by Andrew Carberry, MPH. Andrew Carberry has been working in food systems since 2008. He has a Masters in Public Health Nutrition and Public Health Planning and Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
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It may be hard to believe that the seeds you pile up as you are consuming an orange are potential orange trees. It’s true though, even grocery store orange seeds, planted correctly, have a good chance of growing if you plant them right. The seeds from sweet oranges usually come true from seed, producing plants like the parent tree, but “Temple” and “Pomelo” are two varieties that won’t.
The bigger news is that most seeds from oranges can grow into plants, you can even grow store bought orange seeds. That doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily succeed the first time, but you probably will over time.
Growing Seeds from Oranges
The first step is preparing the seeds for planting. You’ll want to select plump, whole, healthy seeds, then clean off any pieces of orange on them. Soak the seeds in a bowl of tepid water for 24 hours to assist in germination.
Anyone looking for a cool, indoor gardening project may want to try growing an orange tree from seeds. Can you plant orange seeds? You surely can, using grocery store orange seeds or seeds from oranges that you get in the farmer’s market. It may take up to a decade to see fruit from your plant, however. It’s fun and easy, and even if you don’t get fruit, you can bring a vibrant green plant into the world with sweet-smelling leaves. Read on for tips on growing seeds from oranges.
Can You Plant Orange Seeds?
It’s no surprise that you can grow orange trees from seeds inside the fruit. Every other fruit grows that way, so why not oranges? Anyone who has ever peeled and eaten an orange knows that the fruit can have a dozen seeds in it, or even more.
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