Fruit in Focus | Washington Navel Orange

February 12, 2020

Fruit in Focus | Washington Navel Orange

Fruit in Focus: Washington Navel

We have so many lovely citrus varieties that you can choose from on our multi-grafted fruit trees; we thought we'd better introduce them all.

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. The Washington Navel has a small aromatic creamy-white flower and the fruit is medium to large in size. They are high in fibre, folate, calcium, potassium and vitamin A & C. Navels are perfect for the home cook; adding a gorgeous flavour to your favourite salads, drinks, desserts and marmalades.

Notes: We call this our 'Winter Orange' as it fruits before the Valencia orange (which fruits a little later in the year; around the Summer time).

Fruit characteristics: A large, seedless, sweet and juicy orange with a gorgeous colour and taste. Easy to peel and segment.

Pollination Information: Washington Navels 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 2m.

Fruiting Season: June - August


Fruit Salad Trees are packaged in specially designed boxes for freight australia wide

How to grow Citrus

Location: 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 and sulphur will lower it. For more information click here

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 & 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.


Multi citrus Fruit Salad Tree what does a fruit salad tree look like when in the graound


Preferred Climate: Subtropical, Warm temperate but will grow in most regions of Australia with proper care.

Pruning: Remember to balance your multi-grafted Fruit Salad citrus tree every 2-3 weeks during the growing phase of Spring & Summer and as the weather cools, once a month for best results!

More citrus tree care tips

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.


Fruit Salad Trees grow in all Australian climates in nsw, vic, tas, wa, qld and sa


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Our gift cards are emailed instantly, so give the gift that keeps on giving! Let them choose the fruit to grow on their tree, and we'll deliver to their doorstep, Australia wide. If you'd like to surprise them with a Fruit Salad Tree, choosing the fruit can be difficult, so here's our guide to choosing the different fruit for your loved one to grow!

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