If you have space in the garden, then an Orange tree is an essential. They do very well in pots too, as long as the container is large and the citrus is grown on dwarfing rootstocks. Apart from the delicious and generous fruit that it will provide, the fragrance of the blossoms is intoxicating! Oranges like very well-drained, friable, slightly acid, loam soil. They need full sun, regular watering and protection from wind, especially during the summer months. They also require regular feeding, including large amounts of nitrogen and potassium for good fruiting. Prune only to remove dead, diseased wood. They will tolerate only light frosts.
There is a whole world of interesting facts – such as that the orange is actually a type of Berry - relating to the Common Orange that are fascinating. For example, did you know that:
It is an efficient cleaning agent which is promoted as being environmentally friendly. Its smell is considered more pleasant by some than those of other cleaning agents.
The orange blossom is traditionally associated with good fortune, and was popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings for some time.
The petals of orange blossom can also be made into a delicately citrus-scented version of rosewater.
In Spain, fallen blossoms are dried and then used to make tea.
Orange blossom honey is produced by putting beehives in the citrus groves during bloom, which also pollinates seeded citrus varieties. Orange blossom honey is highly prized, and tastes much like orange.
All parts of the orange are used to make marmalade: the pith and pips are separated, and typically placed in a muslin bag where they are boiled in the juice (and sliced peel) to extract their pectin, aiding the setting process.
Orange peel is used by gardeners as a slug repellent.
Wow! All that from one fruit. Every garden should grow one.
Citrus. Bergamot orange is a very fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green colour, similar to a lime, depending on ripeness. Plant in the sun in fertile well drained soil for best results. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Citrus. A good quality NZ orange with sweet and juicy, virtually seed-less fruit. Ripens from September onwards. Chock full of Vitamin C. Oranges are happiest in a sunny well drained position with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Citrus. Medium sized fruit, deep red flesh and rind with a bright red blush. Flavour is stronger and aroma is more intense than usual. Earliest ripening of the blood oranges but the longest to reach fruiting maturity. Few Seeds, Blood oranges require lots of sunshine hours. Evergreen.
Citrus. The Spanish Blood Orange is a thornless, highly productive, evergreen tree. The fruit have smooth, shiny rind and sweet, juicy flesh. The flesh is flecked with red hence the common name. Ripens around August. Plant in the sun in fertile well drained soil. Evergreen.
Citrus. Blood Orange. 'Tarocco' is a highly rated dessert orange which is very high in Vitamin C. The skin is of medium thickness and easy to peel and the red coloured flesh is seedless, sweet, juicy and fragrant. The fruit is of a medium size and slightly oval. Rated Evergreen.
Citrus. Talk about unusual! Intriguing form of orange that has hand shaped fruit with long fingers. As there is no pulp it is the lemon flavoured zest that makes the fruit desirable. Often used to flavour lemon liqueurs and specialty vodkas so there's a new hobby for you! Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
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Citrus. A low acid orange tender, juicy, high quality flesh which produces bountiful crops of virtually seedless fruit. The flesh is reddish in colour. Plant in a well drained position with plenty of sunshine. Seedless. Evergreen.
Std Citrus. A low acid orange tender, juicy, high quality flesh which produces bountiful crops of virtually seedless fruit. The flesh is reddish in colour. Plant in a sunny well drained position.Seedless. Evergreen.
Citrus. This navel orange has an excellent flavour and sweet juicy flesh with a fine texture, seedless orange. Easy peel. Ripens from July to September. Good vigorous upright habit. Oranges are happiest in a sunny well drained position with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Citrus. Here's something a little different - a naturally weeping and cascading Orange Tree that is perfect for container or court-yard gardening. The large fruit are sweet and juicy with few seeds and ripen from July to November. Highly ornamental and deliciously edible. Evergreen.