Delivery height: 35-45 cm.
|Latin name:||Citrus sinensis|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Flowering:||April - October|
|Growing Height:||50 - 70 cm|
|Planting distance:||40 - 50 cm|
The Sweet Orange is a fabulous plant that will thrive on the patio or decking. Choose a large pot or planter with holes in the base. Cover the bottom with a layer of potsherds or gravel to ensure good drainage. Add potting compost to the pot and place the Sweet Orange Tree at the correct depth. Fill the pot with more potting compost, press firmly around the base of the plant and water immediately. Citrus sinensis grows best in a sheltered, sunny area.
Pruning of the Citrus sinensis is not absolutely necessary. In winter or early spring you can cut back any long branches by half and remove dead or crossing branches. Water regularly in summer, although the soil should not be too wet. Rainwater is preferable to tap water as it is much softer. To improve the growth of the Sweet Orange, we recommend that you feed this citrus tree regularly.
The Sweet Orange must be protected over winter
The evergreen tub plant Citrus sinensis is not hardy. During the winter the Sweet Orange should be brought into the conservatory or greenhouse before the first frosts or placed in a sunny spot and kept at a temperature around 5° C. You only have to water it once a month. The soil should be fairly dry, but not completely dried out.
The sweet orange tree comes originally from China and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Oranges were first brought to Europe in the 15th century by Portuguese explorers and since then has expanded to take in the whole Mediterranean area as well as tropical and sub-topical climes over the whole world, where it is grown commercially.
The fruit produces wonderful juice and a fresh orange in the hand is a great snack too! They taste sweet and juicy and have a distinctive fragrance which is also in the leaf – just crush one to smell it.
Citrus belongs in the Rutaceae family.