One question that came across our desk was about the fact that Navel Oranges are seedless which makes eating them so much more fun. But, what happens when you want to grow a new Navel Orange Tree. You have nothing to plant.
Yes, that is correct, but there are ways to grow more navel orange trees.
First we must say these juicy, sweet navel oranges (Citrus sinensis) are a welcome treat during the colder winter months; their peak harvest time is between December and April.
They grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 and 10. Oranges enjoy hot summers with cool winters in between for maximum sugar production.
The best way to plant navel oranges is by purchasing a small tree from a well-cultivated rootstock at your local nursery.
Wait until the fall to plant a navel orange tree. Allowing the tree to establish itself before the onset of summer will prevent stunted growth caused by excessive heat.
Select a garden area with at least six hours of sunlight each day, which is generally found on the south-facing side of your property. The perfect area has well-draining soil and is set away from any surrounding grass or structures.
Use the shovel to dig a hole in the garden. Estimate the size of the navel orange's root system. The hole's diameter needs to be double that of the root system. For example, if the root ball is 2 feet wide, the hole must be 4 feet wide. Continue to cut into the soil until the hole is both wide and deep enough.
Place the navel orange tree into the hole by carefully holding the root system with a piece of burlap. Ask a friend to help with the moving process if the tree is relatively large. Slide the burlap away from the ball once it's positioned in the hole.
Fill the hole with soil until it almost covers the entire root ball. The top 1-inch portion of the ball should remain exposed above the topsoil.
Water the navel orange tree thoroughly. Cover the surrounding area with mulch. Keep the mulch approximately 6 inches away from the tree's trunk to prevent any rotting or disease exchange between the mulch and the tree's bark.
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