A local tree care expert can advise a you about the variety of orange tree that thrives in your location. Below is general information about the types of orange trees.
There are two kinds of cultivars:
- Early season
- Late season
The early season cultivars are the best type for areas where infrequent freezes occur such as the gulf states and northern Florida. They bear fruit prior to December. Late season cultivars bear fruit after December through March.
Examples Early Season
- Washington navel
Examples Late Season
The Valencia orange is considered a late season cultivar because it is a summer fruit. Normally, oranges are a winter fruit.
Orange Tree Care
Orange trees need a temperature range of 50 to 100 degrees when the trees are growing. Keeping them in a hothouse is helpful or provide protection to young trees. Orange trees need a sunny spot. The soil should not hold water. If it rains infrequently water one per week. Mulch is good for the tree. Fertilizer should be applied only 4 or 5 times while the tree is growing. Alkaline soil is bad for orange trees.
Orange Dwarf Tree
The orange dwarf tree is a house tree. A 2-year old tree will produce between 4 and 6 oranges. An older dwarf will produce more fruit. The oranges are 2 inches in diameter.
Requirements for Growing
The orange dwarf tree is easy to grow. They have few needs.
- Humid habitat
- Direct sunlight
Orange dwarf trees needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight each day at a south window. If it doesn't get adequate light it won't bloom. The leaves will yellow when the pH is too high.
Usually, a container plant will require more water than one planted in the ground. But if you place it in a larger container it will need less watering. If it is planted in fast-draining soil, water less. A heavy soil drains slower than a lighter soil. A lot of wind will dry a container plant out. In the early spring water 2 or 3 times weekly and during the summer season you may need to water each day.