Large Orange Tree
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This sweet orange tree (Citrus Sinensis) produces large orange fruit and fragrant white star shaped flowers on and off throughout the year
Orange trees although not native to this country do surprisingly well in the UK. A light room near a window or a conservatory is ideal in winter. In the heat of summer you can give your plant a holiday, put it outside on a sheltered patio and it will enjoy the fresh air. Bring it back inside when there is a nip in the evening air as your plant will start to suffer in temperatures below 5°C
When watering, always water from the top and allow excess water to drain away. The roots should never be allowed to stand in water and the top of the soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. The amount of water your plant will need will vary a lot between summer and winter and on the situation, so use the weight of the pot and the dampness of the soil as a guide. Your orange tree will also benefit from a citrus feed every week or so in the summer
If you feel your plant is getting a little big for it's pot you an repot in spring or summer. If you don't have citrus compost then a mixture of multipurpose compost, garden soil and bark chippings or sand will also produce a good free draining substitute. A Terracotta pot is also a good idea for citrus as they do hate to be waterlogged
Overwatering, underwatering and shock can all be a cause of leaf drop. One or two leaves is not something to worry about but more than 20 and your plant is not happy. However, in most cases, return to a regular watering routine and temperature will lead to recovery.
These are the same trees as those grown for commercial oranges and the fruits have sweet, juicy flesh. Leave them on the tree as long as possible to allow the fruit time to sweeten up and test whether
Scientific Name:Citrus Sinensis
The true or "sweet orange" is Citrus Sinensis and there are many varieties including "Washington Navel" and "Valencia" amongst others
Sweet white blossom
Large sweet orange fruit
Oranges grow best in warm sub tropical conditions and require plenty of light to thrive. In the UK they do need protecting from cold temperatures and should be kept indoors in the winter months. However in a light room or on a summer patio they do surprisingly well.
The sweet orange is thought to have originated in china and to have been cultivated there for thousands of years. It was introduced to Europe in the 1400s and is now produced in huge quantites for fruit and juice in America and across Southern Europe and Turkey