Keep the area around your blood oranges clear of weeds to prevent them from absorbing the nutrients the new trees need to thrive.
The question of how to grow blood oranges is a common one. First of all, remember that blood orange trees require a warm climate, between 55-85 F. (13-29 C.) outdoors, and an average of 65 F. (18 C.) inside, provided there is sufficient light.
Immediately water your tree and continue to keep the soil moist, watering every two to three days until the tree is well established and showing signs of new growth.
Once the optimum location has been selected for your blood orange tree, dig a hole and bury only the roots of the tree, avoiding burying any of the trunk. Some varieties of blood orange have spines, so wear gloves and use caution.
How to Grow Blood Oranges
The blossoms of blood orange trees are creamy white and have a delicious scent reminiscent of the tropics. Other blood orange facts are that culinarily they pair beautifully with seafood and can be used in surprising ways within desserts. The fruit of blood orange trees is also sweeter than most other varieties of orange, it has very few seeds, and is easy to peel compared to other citrus fruits.
Growing blood orange trees is a great way to enjoy this unusual little fruit. Keep reading to learn more about how to grow blood oranges.
During the winter months, keep blood orange trees in a bright location. If need be, move blood orange trees indoors during the possibility of frost, or wrap the trunk with blankets or plastic combined with a thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree to protect it from freezing temperatures. Keep in mind that if blood orange trees are moved indoors during the winter months, additional humidity may be needed to keep the foliage pliable and lush.
What are Blood Oranges?
Hailing from the continent of Asia, blood orange trees (Citrus sinensis) thrive in warm climates and are ideal candidates for container gardening in cooler areas. Blood orange tree care dictates the need for a temperate climate; these oranges will thrive in USDA zones 9-10. Growing blood orange trees in containers allows one to easily move trees indoors or to another sheltered area in cooler regions or during cold snaps.
Blood orange tree care also dictates planting in a soil that is well-draining so the roots do not sit in water. To achieve this state, add equal portions of peat moss or another organic compost to the soil.
The blossoms of Blood Orange trees are creamy white and have a delicious scent reminiscent of the tropics. The fruit of Blood Orange trees is also sweeter than most other varieties of orange, it has very few seeds and is easy to peel compared to other citrus fruits. Due to USDA guidelines and regulations, citrus seeds cannot be shipped to the following states and territories: AS, AZ, CA, FL, GU, HI, LA, MP, PR, TX and USVI.
Our farm fresh, naturally grown Blood Orange seeds allow you to grow your own fruit trees, indoor or outdoor. Blood Orange trees (Citrus sinensis) thrive in warm climates and are ideal candidates for container gardening in cooler areas. Blood Oranges are citrus fruits prized for their juice, pulp and sweet rind used in culinary creations. Once cut into, a surprising “blood red” color is revealed.
Our complete tropical fruit seed collection includes Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, Blood Orange, Mango, Kiwano Horned Melon, Dragon Fruit (Pitaya), Hass Avocado, and Papaya seeds. Our tropical fruit seeds combined with our pepper seeds provide growers with a unique experience: paradise and a little spice!
Size at Maturity
3-6 feet tall when container grown. 6-15 feet tall in the ground. However, trees can be pruned to any shape or height.
Pests & Diseases
Outdoors citrus is not bothered by pests or diseases; indoors watch for mites and aphids. Treat with Pyrethrin or Neem oil.
Weather permitting, citrus plants ship November through June based on your location.
CA, WA, and OR residents: starting in November your citrus will ship 1-2 weeks after your order is placed. All other states (where delivery is available) will start shipping after April 8th. Not available to AK, AZ, FL, HI, TX, US Territories, or Canada.
Well drained, acidic.
Citrus sinensis Wildly popular amongst the foodie circles, blood oranges are rightly earning a place in everyday kitchen use, and now are available as your own, homegrown crop. Moro is the earliest to ripen and the most colorful of the blood orange varieties. Deeply pigmented throughout, the Moro fruit has flesh that is deep, ruby red, nearly purple-black, with a characteristic, heady aroma and sweet flavor with berry overtones. For best fruit flavor and color, plants require warm days and cool nights. Cold hardy to 28ºF.
Our citrus trees are 2-3 years old, well-developed and branched with large, healthy root systems. Their trunk diameter ranges 1/2-3/4 inches, above-ground height is over 2 feet, and foliage canopy more than 1 foot in diameter. At this stage of development, they are mature enough to produce fruit. We have selected these special varieties for their vigor, beauty, productivity, and practical utility. Grow in full sun outdoors during warm months. In areas with cold winters, bring indoors and locate in a south facing, sunny window during frosty months. All of our citrus are well suited for cultivation indoors as houseplants. Plants are shipped in 3 gallon pots.
Make sure the soil around the roots stays evenly moist for several weeks after planting. During the first growing season don’t let the soil dry out. Periodic deep waterings during the growing season will help your tree grow strong and be less susceptible to drought. Be careful to keep the soil from becoming soggy. A layer of mulch around the trunk of the tree will protect the roots, suppress competitive weeds and conserve water. Avoid piling the mulch up against the base of the plant; leave an inch or so of space around the trunk clear of mulch. To encourage the tree to become established, remove any blossoms that may appear during the first season. During the first dormant season, select 3 strong limbs that are between 2-4 feet off the ground, and remove all but these branches. This will be the foundation framework for the tree. To prune during subsequent dormant seasons, cut damaged, weak or dead limbs, and shape tree as needed.