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Satsuma Orange

Viewer Bev Boyce, who moved to Texas three years ago, shares her tips about growing her satsuma orange.

Her tree is growing in a half whiskey barrel and kept in a greenhouse. She has other citrus trees as well, and uses an organic citrus fertilizer.

That’s great, because citrus are heavy-feeders, needing regular fertilizer to stay healthy, bloom and produce fruit. Fertilize about once a month through spring and summer, but give them a rest from fall through late winter.

Bev gives her trees plenty of space, which increases the amount of sunlight to each leaf, and she uses only high-quality potting mix. She also stresses the importance of not planting too deeply, being sure that the graft union is well above the soil line.

In addition to Satsuma, Bev says that Meyer lemons are some of the easiest citrus to grow, and for even more fun, consider starting a Meyer lemon from seed. Water well and don’t prune too much, and be sure to bring indoors or into a greenhouse for the winter, if there’s any danger of temps in the 30’s or even low 40’s.

Watch our segment on cold-hardy satsuma oranges!

Get Texas A&M fruit specialist Monte Nesbitt’s list of most cold hardy citrus and details for growing.