Blood Orange 12L Pot (60-100cm) - Citrus Sinensis Arancio
An interesting citrus that provides an excellent talking point. The blood orange isn't something that you come across everyday. The fruit looks quite similar to your average orange from the outside, but the flesh is tinged red and has a unique taste which is rich and deeper than sweet oranges.
Perfect for containers they also hold great ornamental value with their glossy evergreen foliage and bushy form.
The citrus blossom in spring fills the air quite unlike any other flower and is enough to warrant investing on its own.
This particular tree is of good size, already around a meter with plenty of branches and dense bush growth, some already producing their first fruits.
There's nothing quite like the taste of your own oranges either; perfect for making juices from blood orange is one you need to try!Characteristics
Pot Size: 12L PotHeight on Arrival: 60-100cmEventual Height: 3-4mEventual Spread: 3mRate of Growth: 10-20 YearsHabit: BushyFlower Colour: WhiteFruiting Period: August-OctoberFoliage Colour: GreenHardiness Rating: Somewhat HardyPlanting Period: All Year EvergreenPrefered Position: Full sun/ partial shadePrefered Soil Type: AllMoisture Requirements: Well-drainedExposure: Exposed/ shelteredWildlife Friendly: Yes - attracts insects and bees
Caring and Maintenance
- Soil Requirements: Almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.5 - 7.5
- Moisture: Moist/ well-drained
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
Will need protection from frosts under -2/-3 degrees. Either mulch with straw and move closer to the house or use a insulating fleece. Alternatively you can move inside for the winter if kept as a container plant.
- Planting Distance: 3-4m - Suitable for container planting
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
- Pollination: pollination group 5, self-fertilising
Self-fertilising tree may be planted with our other varieties in pollination close pollination groups to ensure the best pollination. Instances of poor pollination are nearly always caused by bad weather at blooming time, limiting the activity of insects.