An heirloom orange that is sometimes referred to as a ‘blonde’ orange for its blanched skin, the large, super-sweet and virtually seedless fruit make this orange the most popular variety in its home country of Spain for juicing or eating fresh. Discovered in 1950 as a sport of one of the oldest orange varieties grow in the Mediterranean (‘Comuna’), the high juice content makes this still one of the most popular varieties for juicing. The fruit can be harvested in winter and also stores well on the tree for several months.
Citrus grow best in open positions where they receive full sun, good drainage and shelter from strong winds. They prefer a frost free environment although will tolerate light frost once established. Citrus are well suited to pot culture and are no less productive when kept at 2m tall and 2m wide which also makes maintenance and care more manageable. Always use good quality potting mix in a pot. Citrus have a shallow fibrous root system and underplanting and cultivation below the tree should be avoided. Fertilise monthly with a complete, slow release, pelleted fertiliser all year round. Mulch to conserve moisture. Supplementary water is required during the warmer months. Prepare soil prior to planting by digging a hole twice as wide and deep as the root ball and enriching with compost and pelleted complete fertiliser. Apply seaweed solution after planting. Avoid planting into cold, wet soil. Grafted on to Citrange rootstock which performs well in clay loams and shows tolerance for nematodes. Fruit size and quality from trees on this stock is very good.