Botanical name: Citrus x sinensis
Crown and root system: This is an evergreen citrus tree with an intermediate crown. It has a lateral, non-invasive root system.
Growing regions: Most parts of the country, except for those areas with extreme temperatures – either hot or cold.
Ripening date: Throughout the winter months; the exact date depends on the variety.
Planting in a container: Not recommended.
Recommended planting season: All year round.
Special care: We recommend using Confidor as a preventive treatment in early spring, according to manufacturer’s instructions (the compound can be bought in any agricultural supply store).
Varieties sold in our nursery:
Navel (also known as Washington or Newhall): First variety to ripen in the season, between September and December. It has a sweet flavor and is easy to peel. A dimple at the end of the fruit, reminiscent of a navel, gives the fruit its name.
Navel blood orange (also known as Cara Cara): With juice that turns red as it ripens.
Shamouti: Ripens at the end of the season, it is very juicy but does not peel easily. Therefore it is used primarily for juicing.
Blood orange (also known as Moro): Ripens at the end of the season. Its peel is reddish, giving the fruit its name.
French orange or François: This is a very sweet orange, very juicy, with bright colored slices.
Good to know:
Only 20% of all the oranges in the world are sold as whole fruit. The remaining 80% are used for making juice.