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Q.Can You Trim A Patio Navel Tree Brought Indoors For Winter To Accommodate Space And Sun Light?

Zone Waterford, Michigan 48329 | Ptack51 added on November 18, 2023 | Answered

My daughter gifted me a patio navel orange tree 3 years ago and I haven’t killed it yet.edible. We live in Michigan and have to bring the tree in for the winter but it has grown substantially such that i do not have a sunny place for it. Can it be trimmed back or what other suggestions do you have to keep it alive over the winter?

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Answered on November 20, 2023

Yes, you can prune a potted naval orange tree before bringing it inside for the winter. Trim away any dead or overgrown branches to promote healthy growth. Once indoors, place the tree near a sunny window, ideally receiving 8 hours of sunlight daily. Water it when the top inch of soil feels dry, but avoid overwatering. Maintain a consistent indoor temperature between 55-70°F (13-21°C) and consider using a humidifier, as indoor heating can dry the air. Fertilize sparingly during the winter, and monitor for pests. Pruning and these simple care steps will help your potted naval orange tree thrive during the colder months indoors.



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