Orange plant can be started both indoors and outdoors. For outdoor plantation, orange seeds can be sown year-round whereas, for an indoor containerized plant, it should be started in spring when the temperature ranges from 60 to 80oF.
Growing an orange plant is easy but to say that the plant will readily produce fruits is difficult. Sometimes, it takes seven to fifteen years for an orange plant to produce fruits so the gardener has to work with a great deal of patience.
The pointed edges of the seeds are clipped off and they are sown ½ inch deep in a rich, moist but well-drained soil. It is recommended to lightly cover the seeds to let the sunlight reach them and kick start their germination. The soil is advised to be kept moist with water, without the help of compost or mulch, until the seeds sprout.
If kept warm and given at least four hours of sunlight, the orange seeds can germinate within 7 to 10 days. With special care that includes protection from winter, the seedlings can further jump from being naïve to smart shrill roots and shoots.
For 2 to 3 years, the orange plant just grows without producing any fruits. When it becomes around 5 to 7 years old, it embarks on its reproductive cycle and begins to achieve successful pollinations that result in fruit formation. An orange tree stays fertile for around 30 years and produces fertile fruits that in turn bear seed-brimmed fruit that promise the perpetuation of its species.