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Planting and caring for orange flowers - follow these tips

Planting and caring for orange flowers - follow these tips



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If you want to plant orange flowers and care for them optimally, you don't have to be a great gardener. You should only consider our tips.

This wonderfully white blooming orange flower exudes a fine hint of orange fragrance throughout a summer season and, with a bit of luck or with the right care, even into October. Precisely because of this fragrance, the Mediterranean look and its relatively easy care, the orange flower has long since become an insider tip from experienced gardeners.

But even if you are not an experienced gardener, you can plant this great flower. You only have to consider a few important things. So that you too can enjoy the sight and smell of this great flower, we have put together some tips for growing and caring for the orange flower.

Tips for growing the orange flower

Orange flower (Choisya ternata)
Growth rate:10 - 20 cm a year
Height:80-120 cm
Spread:80-120 cm
Location:Sun to shade
Ground:acidic, permeable and nutritious
Hardiness:good, possibly protection necessary
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The perennial orange flowers are available in garden shops in various sizes as container plants. You can continue to hold the flowers in this form on the terrace and the balconies without any problem (height of growth approx. 1 meter).

You can also plant the orange flower outdoors in a soil that is as nutrient-rich as possible, but lime-free. It's not a problem at all.

Tip:
When planting outdoors, you should make sure that the location is as sunny as possible, to moderately partial shade and protected from the wind.

"Multiply orange flower:

If your orange flowers are fully grown, you can even remove cuttings at any time and use them for propagation. These cuttings should first take fine roots in a water glass before putting them into smaller pots and growing them into a shrub plant. From a height of approximately 30 to 40 centimeters, you can then move the plants outdoors.

Tips for caring for the orange flower

The orange flower, originally from Mexico, is one of the evergreen, short stems. It is also widely touted as a fragrant plant that has an extremely long flowering phase. Because it unfolds its impressive bloom from May to June, depending on the climate zone even into August.

"Promote second bloom:

After the first bloom, leave the orange flower completely dry, the shrub will even develop a second bloom in late summer, which can last until October.

Tip:
Wilted flowers should always be plucked directly from the ornamental shrub. After the last flowering, you can also make a top-cut if necessary. Orange flowers are even suitable for a ball tree cut.

" To water:

When it comes to watering, you only need to water the orange flower outdoors during long periods of drought, but container plants regularly. However, you should largely avoid the use of calcareous water and waterlogging.

"Fertilize:

When fertilizing orange flowers, you basically have to differentiate between container plants and outdoor plants. While container plants can even be fertilized weekly if necessary (from March to August), a moderate fertilizer application is sufficient for the outdoor plants every 2 to 3 weeks.

Tip:
In spring and autumn you can also incorporate compost around the root stem instead of a complete fertilizer. Which can then reduce a full fertilizer dose to mostly once a month.

"Winter protection:

Cover orange flowers to protect them from frost! -

Orange flowers, including the cultivated forms that are now available, are only partially hardy (up to around minus 15 degrees) and must therefore be well protected outdoors during the cold season. It is advisable to pile the rhizome with soil and a complete protective covering of the plant made of air-permeable jute or with a comparable garden fleece - you simply have to attach both loosely to the shrub.

Tip:
Container plants are best wintered in a cool room (0 degrees to a maximum of 12 degrees) in winter, bright and dry, and should only be placed outside after the ice saints.

However, if the outdoor shrub freezes back over the winter months, it will sprout again in spring in most cases with a bit of intensive care (e.g. weekly fertilization from March until bud formation).

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