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Orange Valencia Grafted

R275.00

Orange trees are relatively easy to grow and are particularly rewarding when they start to produce gloriously juicy fruit.

We stock Valencia oranges, which are medium in size and have a thin bright-orange rind as well as a Palmer Navel orange, which is large and has a thicker deep-orange peel that comes off easily. Navel oranges are a little sweeter than Valencias.

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Both of these varieties are rich in calcium, vitamins A and C, and a fair amount of fibre. They can be enjoyed as snacks on the go, juiced, dried or preserved.

SKU: ORA001-VALENCIA Categories: ,

Position – Plant your orange tree in a spot that enjoys full sun and adequate protection from the wind. To allow it to grow unhindered, your trees should be planted 4.5 to 6.5 metres apart from one another.

Size – An average, healthy orange tree will reach a height and canopy spread of about 9 metres. However, these oranges can also be grown in a pot (55 litres at least). Orange trees do not like their roots to be disturbed. So, don’t plant other trees, bushes or flowers near them.

Soil Type – Orange trees need healthy and well-drained soil. Add compost to the hole that you dig for your tree so that it is in prime condition to nourish the roots.  If you’re opting for a pot, use a good quality potting soil and a pot with drainage.

Mulch – These trees thrive with mulch, which protects the roots and retains moisture. But, leave a gap between the stem or trunk of the tree and the mulch to avoid the trunk’s possibly becoming diseased.

Watering – Orange trees need to be well-watered regularly; those in pots even more so. Generally speaking, your orange tree should get 2.5 to 4 centimetres of water per week.

Fertilising – Give your orange trees the best chance by fertilising them well. If the leaves start to yellow, your plant may not have enough magnesium. Apply a little Epsom salt to the tree’s dripline (where the leaves extend their reach). Apply our slow-release fertiliser – 1 teaspoon every 4-5 months; even though it is called berry fertiliser it is for all plants/trees.

Pruning – Your orange tree will only need to be pruned to remove dead or diseased limbs, or to remove those that are too close to the ground (around 30 centimetres or less).

Pest and Disease Management: It is important to watch out for pests like aphids, scale insects, and mites. Remove leaves that are bubbly and dispose of  them immediately. We recommend Effective Microorganisms to prevent the spread of these pests and diseases. Hose the tree first, to remove the aphids, and then spray well with EM Control. As they tree grows larger it will be healthy and pests will be a thing of the past.

Harvesting – These trees can be harvested from spring to summer and usually continue to bear fruit for decades.  The orange should be fairly easy to pluck from the tree if you gently twist it from the branch.

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 100 cm
Weight

3

Length

15

Width

15

Height

100

Packaging Type

xlarge_parcel

Maximum

9

Packaging Type 1

large_parcel

Maximum 1

6

Packaging Type 2

medium_parcel

Maximum 2

3

Packaging Type 3

flyer_size

Maximum 3

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