It is probably safe to say that everyone loves oranges. People from all over the world and of all shapes and sizes are partial to the fruit because of healthy and nutritious it is and of course, because of how tasty and delicious an orange can be. You can eat it, drink it or use it as an ingredient and a variety of dishes and meals. This makes growing orange trees a smart idea, since you know that they will not go to waste.
If you wanted to become more efficient at it though, what would you have to do in order to produce more oranges? Here is how to increase the fruit yield on orange trees:
Two ways of increasing yield. Basically, there are two ways to go about increasing the fruit yield of your orange trees. Both techniques require your preparation, patience and focus. You do not have to have a green thumb to improve your tree’s production but it certainly would help. Remember also that gardening and taking care of plants is a daily process. Avoid taking shortcuts and put in the work to grow an abundant harvest.
- Grafting. You can take bud sticks and graft them onto your orange trees to increase their fruit yield. Remember to make sure that the bark is already falling off before you attempt to do this. Choose sticks that are around a year old and about a fourth of an inch in diameter (since you want to graft on branches that are ½ to ¾ in diameter). Also, avoid grafting your bud sticks on areas that will receive a lot of sunlight because they will end up burning. Use a sharp grafting knife to make the job easier. You want to cut into the wood and make an inverted “T” that is half an inch in width and length. Peel the bark back just a little, so that you have enough room to slide your bud stick but at the same time securing it in place. Position your bud so that it grows in the same direction of the branch. Take some budding tape and wrap it as tightly as you can around your graft.
- Fertilization. Your trees should get a fertilizer made up of equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, but only once every year. You will supplement these annual fertilizations with other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, copper and boron. Add Mycorrhizal Fungi to help the roots absorb more nutrients from the soil. Finally, add iron supplements to the soil if its pH level is above 7.
Proper maintenance and care. Make sure you water your orange trees so that they get enough nutrients, but avoid over watering them. Prune nearby trees and plants if they start blocking the sun’s rays. Avoid using harmful pesticides that could be toxic to humans and other animals but make sure you can protect your fruits from pests.
Remember that exacting more out of your orange trees means showering it
with more love and attention. To produce a bountiful harvest, you need
to work at it and help it along the way.