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.
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.
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: June - August
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 Tree citrus fruit tree once a month for best results!
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. If you have clay soil, you may need some extra care when planting, check our tips for planting fruit trees in clay soil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Unfortunately, like us, wildlife love feasting on a range of fruit fresh from the tree too! They love stone fruit, apples and citrus alike. Depending on the animal (possums, mice, birds, wallabies, rabbits, flying foxes) eating your fruit there are a few ways to prevent pesky fruit stealers! Read our brief guide to fruit tree pest control methods to keep your citrus, stone and apple trees pest free!
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