Grow blood oranges

Grow blood oranges: instructions for growing oranges in pots or in the garden. From planting to pruning and fertilizing.

Theblood orangesthey are a typically Italian product. The land of origin is eastern Sicily, howeverblood orangesthey can be grown all over Italy, with some extra care in the north.

Theblood orangesthey are consumed only in Europe because in the rest of the world orange juice is only yellow! The varieties ofblood orangesto be able tocultivatein your garden are those that we find on the market with the wordingRed orange of Sicily IGP, all the varieties listed below have a juice yield of over 40%. The variety of blood orange to grow in your garden are essentially three:

  • Sanguinello
  • Tarot
  • Moro

With the denominationRed orange of Sicily IGPvariety is also found Washington Navelbut contrary to what one might imagine, this orange does not have red pulp, on the contrary, the juice is clear. It is appreciated because it is seedless and very large in size.

Grow blood oranges

Theblood orangesthey are grown as well as any other orange!

The orange cannot be grown outdoors in places where temperatures drop below 2 ° C for long periods. For a short time, the orange can withstand up to - 2 ° C.

The ideal location forcultivate the orangeit is in full sun with south-east exposure, sheltered from the wind.

The soil must be of medium texture, well drained, deep and rich in humus. Orange cannot thrive in dry and loose soils or vice versa, excessively clayey and heavy.

To produce a good harvest, it is necessary to irrigate the orange abundantly and regularly. Maintain a constant humidity of the soil, for plants grown in the garden, in an isolated way, you can create the basin, that is, that small depression around the plant to be filled with water.

For fertilization, the organic one can be made with ground lupine to be integrated with mineral products. In autumn, to favor the production of oranges, it is recommended to fertilize with mineral fertilizers based on potassium sulphate, mineral superphosphate and ammonium sulphate. In January, fertilization is done with nitrogen fertilizers while in spring and summer it is consumed with very small quantities of microelements such as zinc, magnesium, iron and manganese.

When to prune the orange

Pruning is a necessary operation. L'orange red, as well as orange in general, bears fruit on one-year-old mixed branches. Thereorange pruningit is performed in two shifts, one in autumn to eliminate suckers, dry and broken branches.

A second pruning is done in spring to promote air exchange in the innermost areas of the plant and ensure greater brightness.

Grow potted blood oranges

In Northern Italy the cultivation of citrus fruits is allowed only in pots so that the plants can be brought to the allotment in the cold period of the year. Winter accommodation must be adequate, that is, bright, airy, not too cold and large, with an entrance that allows the tree to pass through, including the vase.

For the cultivation of red orange in pots, it is advisable to set up a trolley with wheels at the base of the pot that facilitate its movements and late-autumn movement.

Irrigation must be regular, otherwise the orange will begin to lose its fruit! You will then need to repot the plants every spring until you reach the pot with the final size. When the plant has reached maximum growth, the pot will no longer have to be replaced but only the most superficial layer of the soil, without going to annoy the more superficial roots.

For the cultivation of red orange in pots, as well as all citrus fruits and fruit plants, fertilization with ground lupine is recommended.

Video: Organic Blood Oranges. Abel u0026 Cole (December 2021).