A dwarf variety that is compact and smaller growing than most other varieties of orange trees. It has glossy green foliage and scented flowers followed by richly coloured fruit. The rind has a deep, brilliant orange tinge very early in the season that turns into a reddish orange at maturity with a small navel. The fruit is medium to medium-large in size, and slightly pear-shaped with a very juicy and excellent sweet-tangy flavour. Grow it as a feature tree in Mediterranean style gardens, espaliered along a wall or plant it in large containers or pots in a courtyard or balcony setting. It’s the most popular orange for juicing, high in vitamin C and delicious enough to be eaten straight from the tree.
- Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|Size — 185mm|
|Growth Height — 2.5m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
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.
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.
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.