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Cara Cara Orange
Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara'
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Cara Cara is a distinctly sweet, seedless, medium-sized to large-sized navel orange with a glossy, textured rind and pinkish-red inner flesh resembling the colour of a ruby grapefruit. It has glossy green, variegated leaves which make it an ideal feature tree in Mediterranean style gardens, espaliered on terraces or planted in large containers around patios, courtyards or decks. Rich in vitamin C, and low in acid they aren’t sour like other types of citrus fruit. They’re delicious eaten as is, or are perfect for juicing, adding to fruit salads or cooked into jams.

  • Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming
Size — 165mm
Growth Height — 2.5m
Frost Sensitive
Flower Colour — White
Light Requirements — Full sun
Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.

Watering needs

Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.

Pruning Advice

Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.