Orange blossom, also known as Mexican orange blossom, is an evergreen bush. Clusters of fragrant white flowers bloom from April through June and again in September. Orange blossom thrives in USDA growing zones 7 through 10 and can grow to 8 feet tall.
Plant orange blossom bushes in an area that receives full fun all day. In areas with extremely hot temperatures during summer, some light shade in the afternoon is ideal. Plant in midspring after the last frost and use well-draining soil for best results.
Water every other day using a soaker hose. Let the top 3 inches of the soil dry out before watering. Apply a general purpose fertilizer such as 10-10-10 once a year in early spring and prune lightly in midfall after flowering has ceased just to shape of the bush.
Do not grow orange blossom bushes in full shade to avoid scraggly growth. Avoid watering the bush over head with a sprinkler, and do not over-water or root rot will develop.
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