Fruit in Focus - Cara Cara Blood Navel (also known as Ruby Navel)

November 15, 2019

Cara Cara Blood Orange growing on a Fruit Salad Tree - a multi grafted citrus tree in Australia

Fruit in Focus: Cara Cara Blood 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.

Cara Cara Blood Navels are a great addition to your garden and for you with numerous health benefits. The Cara Cara Blood Navel Orange has a deep pink flesh with an irresistible sweet flavour. It is a seedless variety that can grow quite large. Cara Cara oranges are full of beneficial goodness for your body; they contain vitamin A, folate, Lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) and of course Vitamin C. A perfect addition for the home cook; adding gorgeous flavour to your favourite salads, drinks, and relishes; try some juice over your rice or quinoa dishes - yum!

Notes: It is the first of our oranges to ripen.

Fruit characteristics: They are much sweeter and less acidic than most oranges and are absolutely delicious. Grow one today with one of our other other many beautiful citrus varieties!

Pollination Information: Cara Cara Blood 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 2 metres.

pH Range: 6 - 7pH - Citrus do not like acidic soils (pH below 5)

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.

Fruiting Season: May- July

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!

How to grow Oranges

Cara Cara Blood orange grown on a Fruit Salad Tree

Location: at least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and not 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. 

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.

How much water does my Fruit Salad Tree need?

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. Home tip for potted citrus: Stick your finger into the soil down to about 2 inches; if there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels drier at that depth. When you do water, stop once you see the water coming through the drainage holes at the base of the pot.

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.

How big will my Fruit Salad Tree grow?

Our Citrus Fruit Salad Trees are dwarf and grow up to 2 metres. Our Apple and Stone Fruit Salad Trees are 2-3 metres in the ground. They can be espaliered and also grow well in pots.

Fruit Salad Tree at 3 years old mature tree in ground

More tree care tips

For further tips on growing different fruit on one Fruit Salad Tree, you can look at planting your tree in a pot, planting your tree in the ground, plus balancing your Fruit Salad Tree. For care tips, find out what causes citrus leaves to turn yellow, and what causes citrus leaves to curl.

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