The Washington Navel Orange is one of the most popular backyard orange trees grown in Australia. The dwarf variety produces small, richly aromatic, creamy-white flowers followed by large, seedless, juicy oranges vibrant in colour and delicious in taste. It’s perfect for planting in smaller or Mediterranean style gardens, espaliered on a sturdy wall or in large pots that make a vibrant addition to any courtyard, patio or terrace.
Ideal for eating as is, juicing, as a healthy snack or for desserts or marmalades.
Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|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.