How To Grow A Hamlin Orange Tree In A Container

Tips to Grow a Hamlin Orange Tree In a Container

How To Grow A Hamlin Orange Tree In A Container
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The Hamlin orange tree is a popular citrus fruit that is grown in the Florida States and is enjoyed by many, although this fruit tree is grown inground can also be grown and cared for from a container. A container-grown Hamlin orange tree is the perfect fit if you don’t have the yard or garden space or you may want a tree where you have more control as far as its top and outward growth is concerned.

History records that the ” Hamlin orange tree variety originated as a  chance seedling, in an orchard near Glenwood Florida, which was planted in 1879, and was named after the owner, A.G. Hamlin.” This citrus tree has been around for some time, in our discussion we will be taking a closer look at how to grow this Florida native from a container.

Hamlin Orange Tree Growth and Care

  • The container that’s chosen should be large enough for the roots of the orange tree to grow and spread comfortably, the size of the container can be anywhere from 10 gallon or large, ensure that the container has drain holes for water drainage because Hamlin orange tree does not like soggy soil that can lead to root rot and other fungal issues.
  • Place mesh wire (optional) inside and at the bottom of the container, this will help the soil to remain in the pot and not get washed  away when watering your orange tree
  • Good potting soil is needed for proper growth, it’s also good to add compost to help the soil become nutrient-rich.
  • Fill the container half fill with the potting soil, now gently but firmly remove the tree from the grower’s pot.
  • Place the orange tree in the container and make sure that the tree is erect or straight.
  • Now add more of the potting soil to completely cover the tree’s root ball only, only the entire root ball should be covered while the trunk should be above ground. Never plant a tree with the entire root ball and part of the trunk covered with soil which will lead to issues that can affect a plant’s health. So remember the entire root ball only should be covered with soil.
  • As you fill the container leave about 2-3 inches from the rim of the container free of soil because if the container is filled to the rim the soil will wash out of the container either when watered by hand or when rain falls.
  • Because the Hamlin Orange tree loves the full sun at least 8 hours of sunlight per day locate your container in an area with that amount of sunlight. Ensure that a dolly or trolly is nearby for ease of movement and make sure that you have help or you can place the container in the right location first and then follow the steps of the planting operation.
  • Give the plant a good soaking or a thorough drink of water until water comes out of the drain holes.
  • To monitor the moisture level check the top 2-3 inches of soil with your finger, a soil probe, or a soil moisture meter. If the reading shows that the soil is dry then go ahead and irrigate.
  • Apply a monthly balance fertilizer for example 10-10-10, before fertilizer application read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results.
  • When your Hamlin tree goes dormant during the cooler months discontinue fertilizer application because encouraging new growth during the cold season will be winter killed.
  • Once the warmer season returns or during springtime can continue with fertilizer application.
  • Prune your Hamlin tree if you see these signs, if your tree starts to get leggy, tree branches that are dead, broken, or diseased, branches that are crossing and rubbing the removal of branches that are crossing or rubbing will open up your tree so that sunlight can react the bottom branchs where it is needed. If your Hamlin orange tree is consistently dropping leaves and is leggy remove a third of the branches that will promote a fuller plant. However, this type of pruning procedure should only be carried out during late winter or very early during the fall months.
  • Watch out for aphids, and scales. spider mites, leafminers, whitefliessooty mold, and Asian citrus psyllids, treat insect pests with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or horticultural oil. For the best results read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Various bacterial and fungal diseases can negatively impact the leaves the fruits and the tree’s trunk, these diseases are root rot, citrus canker, and citrus melanose. Treated with fungicide applications to bring control. For the best results read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Pollinating Your Hamlin Orange Tree

A great way to help your Hamlin orange tree is by introducing plants that attract pollinators, for example, if your container-grown Hamlin orange tree is installed next to garden plants then why not install native plants that will attrcat pollinators to your garden and your Hamlin orange tree. Some plants that pollinators love are Sunflowers, Firebush, Marigolds, Scaleleaf aster, Purple coneflowers, Black-eyed Susan, Lavenders, and Wildflowers.

Time to Harvest Your Hamlin Oranges

The time to reap a sweet harvest of Hamlin oranges is October to December, however, during the off-season fruits can still be produced but at a reduced level.

The final word on how to grow a Hamlin tree in a container

Growing a Hamlin tree in a container is that simple all it takes is some know-how, this guide will help you along the way as you reap an abundance of sweet juicy oranges grown with your very own hand. What I love about container gardening is with this garden type you’re almost in control because once conditions are unfavorable for example the elements or the weather you can always cart your container-grown oranges to a safe location until conditions are favorable for you to return your orange tree to its location and besides you will be able to save on that grocery bill and have an almost endless supply of sweet oranges which I think is a win for you. With that said let’s get started on that orange tree.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

6 thoughts on “How To Grow A Hamlin Orange Tree In A Container”

  1. Hello . It is a very insightful guide on growing a Hamlin orange tree in a container! I like your  step-by-step instructions make it seem so doable, even for someone new to gardening. I learnt some tips about growing the tree in the container, so amazing! Excited to try it out and enjoy homegrown oranges. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hey Norman, 

    I really enjoyed reading your article. It offers practical and insightful tips for those who are passionate about gardening. The Hamlin Orange Tree is known for growing well in containers, making it an excellent choice for people with limited garden space or who prefer managing the tree’s growth. The article provides detailed step-by-step guidance, covering various aspects such as selecting the correct container and taking care of the tree, which makes the process seem achievable even for beginners. This approach encourages gardening as a fulfilling hobby and promotes self-sufficiency by growing one’s fruit.

    • Hello Sara, thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by and commenting,this orange tree type is the perfect fit for a container garden. Wish you all the best !

  3. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at container gardening, and the detailed steps provided here make it seem so much more achievable. I love the idea of having a constant supply of fresh oranges right at home. Can’t wait to give this a try and see how it turns out!

    • The joy of growing an edible garden offers so many rewards as you get to eat what you grow with your very own hands. I am so happy to help and wish you success.


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