We have so many lovely citrus fruit varieties that you can choose from on our multi-grafted fruit trees; we thought we'd better introduce them all.
The Valencia Orange is a blonde orange variety, it is deliciously sweet and juicy. You can tell it apart from Navel oranges as they have pale orange thin skin compared to the Navel oranges darker orange loose skin and a belly button found at the base of the fruit.
Valencias have bright orange flesh that is sweet, sharp and juicy. The longer Valencias are left on the tree the sweeter they become. Full of beneficial goodness for your body, with vitamin A, folate, potassium, magnesium and of course Vitamin C.
A perfect addition for the home cook; adding sweet flavour to your favourite meat, salads dressings and drinks.
Notes: It is the last of the orange varieties that we graft with to ripen, and we call it our Summer Orange.
Fruit characteristics: If you are after an orange for juicing then this is the citrus variety to look for!
Pollination Information: Valencia oranges are self-fertile. However, adding additional orange varieties will increase the size of your crop.
Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted citrus Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2 metres.
Fruiting Season: September - December
Preferred Climate: Subtropical, Warm temperate but will grow in most regions of Australia with proper care.
Location: plant where it will receive at least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and when in a warm climate do not locate your fruit trees too close to fencing that retains heat (eg colorbond).
Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity as will placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant as the water evaporates.
Soil: Well drained loamy soil with a pH around 6.0 -7.0. Adding lime to your soil will increase your pH (acidic) and sulphur will lower it (more alkaline).
Fertilisation: Add some old compost or manure to your soil as citrus trees grow well in nitrogen rich soils.
You can also consider adding a slow release fertiliser with trace elements (when grown in pots you may need to fertilise more regularly). Always follow the directions on the container.
Pruning: Remember to balance your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Citrus Tree every 2-3 weeks during the growing phase of Spring and Summer and as the weather cools, once a month for best results!
Frost: At maturity your Fruit Salad Tree will be able to grow in temperatures of -8C. Note: While a citrus tree is young it is advisable to look at frost preventative measures.
Watering in pots: Keep the soil moist but not wet! If growing in a pot don’t sit it in water - citrus hate wet feet, but love drained soil, so ensure that there is a chance for good drainage.
Watering in the ground: Over Winter, aim to keep the soil moist, and over Summer, try to give it a good deep water every week or so, depending on your area, so that the water reaches the deeper roots and doesn't pool at the top layers of soil.
For further tips on growing your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Tree look at balancing your Fruit Salad Tree, planting your tree in a pot, planting your tree in the ground, find out what causes citrus leaves to turn yellow, and what causes citrus leaves to curl.
Check out our comprehensive Pest + Disease Guide for clues on what might be hindering the growth of your Fruit Salad Tree.
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Washington Navels are one of the most popular orange varieties grown in Australia. They are a great addition to your garden and for you with numerous health benefits. Navels are a perfect for the home cook; adding a gorgeous flavour to your favourite salads, drinks, desserts and marmalades. Grown across Australia in all climates bar frosty alpine climates, Fruit Salad Trees make the perfectly unique gift for your loved ones!