Orange Tree Propagation and Pollination


Orange Tree Propagation and Pollination

Orange Tree Propagation

Orange trees are usually propagated by grafting. In that way, orange farmers benefit from a combination of a healthy mature tree (not necessarily orange tree, but definitely citrus) with a desired and highly productive orange variety. Thus, they can harvest a fair production usually after 2 years. Consequently, professional orange farmers buy a combination of two trees. A cultivar of a desired variety budding onto an appropriate rootstock. The rootstocks have been selected according to their resistance in cold, heat and various (local and universal) diseases. The rootstocks also affect the rate of growth, the productivity of the cultivar and the physical and chemical characteristics of the orange produced. Nowadays, citrus trees other than orange (for instance rough lemon) are often used as rootstock for orange production.

Orange Tree Pollination

Bees are definitely the most important carriers of pollen in the pollination of citrus, while the wind and some other pollinating insects such as thrips have little importance. According to an experiment, orange trees that were totally isolated from bees gave production equal to 35% of the normal production. Moreover, lemon trees, which had been isolated and have not been visited by bees, yielded production of 42.5% less than those in open pollination.

Consequently, in order to successfully pollinate orange fruits, we must place symmetrically 50 cells in every four acres of citrus trees field.

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Growing Orange Trees Commercially

Orange Tree Climate and Soil Requirements

Choosing Orange Varieties

Orange Tree Propagation and Pollination

Planting Orange Trees

Fertilizing Orange Trees

Irrigating Orange Trees

Pruning Orange Trees

Harvesting Orange Fruits

Orange Tree Pests and Diseases

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