cuttings from orange trees
it possible to take a cutting from an orange tree? If so, do we
then have to graft this on to another tree? We have a beautiful
orange tree with plentiful and sweet fruit and would like to grow
the same tree at our new home. The tree is about 2 m high and 2.5
m wide. Can you move them?
trees are grafted for root stock effect, giving the plant vigour,
increasing yields and improving disease resistance for varieties
that would otherwise be weak, low yielding and susceptible to disease.
You can try taking cuttings now would be a good time before
new spring growth appears, but for the reasons above, your success
may be limited.
Yes, you can move citrus
trees and it would need to be done sooner rather than later. Your
tree is rather large to move and if you were going to lift it, it
would need to be cut back quite drastically. The foliage would need
to be sprayed with Stressguard to reduce transpiration and water
To lift the tree you
would need to dig around the drip line, taking a large ball of soil
with it. The hole it was going into would need to be dug and ready
to go. Finding an interim pot for a tree so large would be difficult.
Do you know the variety
of orange? If you do, your local garden centre could order it in
for you, or alternatively, if you don't know the variety, they may
be able to identify the fruit.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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