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Citrus sinensis ‘Desert Orange’

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Citrus sinensis the classic orange plant is a familar sight throughout the mediterranean producing delicous fruits, juice and fragrance to gardens and groves. Like apple trees there are many different varieties of oranges and the strain we have here although not named is very similar to the ‘Washington Navel’ a very tasty juicy large orange poduced in autumn and early winter. Like all citrus orange trees, requires a certain amount of expertise to grow successfully here in the U.K and I won’t write an essay here but in a nutshell it’s important to remember that they are mediterranean, yes obvious but easy to overlook in your zest, pardon the pun, to care for any citrus plant is that they are easy to look after during the summer, lots of light and occasional feeds. Just remember that winter in the sunny med is cool at night and warm to sometimes chilly during the day perfect for citrus to rest and ripen their fruits. So the biggest killer here is warm often hot conservatories day and night combined with reduced light. Ideally citrus should have a cool but frost free bright spot to spend the frosty months.

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