Blood Orange Tree

A Comprehensive Guide to the Blood Orange Tree

The Blood Orange Tree belongs to the family of citrus trees and produces an orange that is rich in flavor and dramatic in appearance. Its taste has been described as sweet, tangy, and compared to the flavors of a Valencia orange but with a tinge of raspberry added. The deliciousness of the fruits and the attractive appearance of the trees have made these trees increasingly popular with many home-owners seeking to grow their own fruit trees. The trees flowers are white and creamy and have an attractive fragrance which makes this tree a great ornamental addition to any landscape.

The Blood Orange Tree can be bought as a standard tree which can grow to a height of 20-25 feet or as a dwarf cultivar that grows to about 12-15 feet. You can choose either variety depending on the space you have and the outside climatic conditions of your region. As the tree needs warmth and sunlight, you may need to go with the dwarf version and grow it in a container if you live in a place where the outside temperatures drop below 30 degrees. The flavor of the fruit of the Blood Orange Tree are influenced by the climatic conditions in that in cooler regions the fruit is tarter and where they get plenty of warmth and heat they tend to be sweeter. But this is only one of the factors that affect the flavoring of this fruit and so you can always an element of the unexpected when you take a first bite of your blood orange. The colors of the fruit also vary from place to place.

The Blood Orange Tree needs plenty of sunlight but should not be exposed to harsh heat. This is because the tree does not handle dryness very well. Ideally you should choose a location that offers a lot of filtered light. You should water the tree everyday during the hottest times of the year and can reduce it to every other day during cooler times. In winter, which is the dormant period, you only need to water enough to keep the soil moist. Citrus trees need regular fertilizing as they consume iron, zinc and manganese. Nurseries carry special liquid food appropriate for these needs and you need to use these once every three watering session.

There are three kinds of Blood Orange Tree that are commonly available from nurseries. The Moro is a vigorous and quick spreading tree that produces fruits from January to April. The fruits are usually a rich burgundy in color inside and an orange tinged with red on the outside. The fruits of the Moro tend to be about marginally smaller than the other varieties. The Tarocco is a rangier version of the Blood Orange Tree and tends to bear fruits from February through April. Its fruits are deep red in color inside and outside and the sweetness of this fruit is heavily dependent on where it is grown - hot valley locations produce the best fruits. The Sanguinelli is the third type and it produces oblong-shaped fruits which are dark red on the exterior and have red streaks on the interior also. This relatively compact cultivar has its fruits from February to May.

In terms of maintenance of an established Blood Orange Tree, you may need to prune your in-ground tree occasionally to stimulate growth and to maintain its shape and health. If you are growing your tree in a container, you should re-pot it every 2-3 years. While re-potting, you can trim about a third of the roots of the tree as this will help stimulate new growth.



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