Orange 'Maltese Blood'
With a long history of being one of the most in-demand varieties on the market, this variety from Malta is not usually available at the shops, so grow your own to enjoy this full flavoured fruit. HIstory indicates that in 1780, the king of France’s sisters loved Malta's blood oranges so much they invested in a Maltese orange garden to have access to this blood orange variety, and it is still known as the “Queen of Oranges” today.
All citrus trees need plenty of sun and good drainage, so a position in full sun in a raised garden bed is ideal. The roots of citrus grow close to the surface, so it’s best to mulch beneath the tree to avoid competition from other plants or weeds. Heavy feeders, fertiliser should be applied monthly to ensure they have nutrients available at all times. Apply blood and bone, dynamic lifter or a citrus fertiliser once a month, every month. Citrus will grow in all Australian climates. Use your Heat Zone (HZ) to determine the best varieties for your area.