Gardening in Winter is a non-event for many people, but for me, it means it’s the time of year when I get to harvest many of the fruits from my fruit trees. One of the fruit trees I have is a Republic of Texas Orange tree. I started picking some oranges in early January, and right now, there are just perfect! I can almost guarantee you will not taste a sweeter orange than these.
Because these oranges have seeds, I decided to try a little experiment. I thought why not try and plant these seeds and see if they will grow? I first did a few searches on Google to see if I could find some basic information (there was, but nothing substantial). Then I headed over to my favorite place, Amazon, and did a little shopping.
Like any good gardener, I did what would naturally come next. I ate some oranges:-). I then took the seeds from the oranges and soaked them in water for 24 hours (I read to do that somewhere online).
Next, I took those seeds and poked them into some ordinary potting soil. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting much, if anything, but you can see the results from the pictures below. Granted, it may take 10 years before I ever have any harvestable oranges from this endeavor, but it does make for a fun winter gardening activity.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the oranges, and here’s a few that I picked today.