Blood Orange Tree Citrus sinensis 'Moro'
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Blood Orange Tree Citrus sinensis 'Moro'
Incredible Flavor, Great for Cooking
• Easy to grow
• Tolerates light frost!
• Adapts to wide range of soil and climates
• Pest and disease-resistant
• Fragrant summer blooms
Great tasting, ripe juicy oranges in early to late spring that have some added zip! Moro Blood Oranges are unique with their dark red flesh. Imagine the beauty of your garnish, morning juice or fresh fruit salads with the exciting red color of this most unusual citrus fruit.
The Moro Orange is famous for its delicious flavor. This super sweet fruit is laden with rich citrus flavor that has a distinctive aftertaste, reminiscent of strawberry and raspberry. Try adding an exciting twist of unusual red citrus to your culinary masterpieces that call for fresh orange slices.
Blood oranges get their name from the burgundy flush on their skin, red flesh and juice color.
The Moro Blood Orange is the newest named variety in this classification of citrus fruit. This unique citrus tree is the number one blood orange fruit marketed in the US. You'll enjoy the beautiful show of fragrant citrus blossoms wafting scent through your yard.
This easy to grow citrus tree is a highly productive dwarf. Moro is the earliest ripening of the Blood Oranges; you'll enjoy an abundant harvest in February through early April, depending on your location.
The Moro Blood Orange Tree is Extremely Adaptable
You'll find that an open sunny spot with good drainage will keep your new blood orange tree happy. The Moro is cold hardy to an astounding 27 degrees! It has a rounded shape with glossy foliage 12 months a year. You can maintain it at whatever size you desire with some light pruning. It even adapts to a wide range of soils, and is pest and disease resistant!
Moro is the most colorful of all blood oranges and contains high health benefits.
On top of having more fiber than most other fruits, Moro Blood Oranges have additional benefits. Besides providing 130% more Vitamin C than standard oranges, blood oranges contain the antioxidant anthocyanin. This means your free homegrown citrus reduces risk of ailment and age related illnesses. This antioxidant is known to diminish your risk of cataracts, heart disease, cholesterol build up and some types of cancer. Their high potassium content piles on more benefits by assisting in lowering blood pressure connected to strokes as well as offering good body growth effect and maintenance.
Brighter Blooms offers you extremely healthy, vigorous Moro Blood Orange Trees.
Our exceedingly high standards for finishing off our nursery stock are something our customers have come to rely on. They return time after time to shop with us because they know their new plants will arrive in great shape, ready to make an instant impact in their yard. Our selection of Moro Blood Orange plants is lovely this year; reserve yours soon before they're all gone.
If you live in an area colder than zone 8, you must bring your citrus tree indoors during the winter months.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Blood Orange Trees need plenty of sunlight...6 to 8 hours per day is best. They can tolerate some shade but thrive in full sun. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity, so we recommend misting the leaves daily.
If you're container planting, ensure the container you choose has drainage holes and is about twice the width of your plant's shipped container.
When you're ready to plant (in the ground or in a container), make a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root system. Place the tree in the hole and backfill it with your well-draining soil. After planting, mulch around the tree to conserve moisture.
2. Watering: Generally, we recommend watering about once or twice weekly. Allow the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
For potted Blood Oranges, stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels drier at that depth, and when you do water, stop once you see it escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.
3. Fertilizing: Feed your Blood Orange Tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus specific fertilizer, once every six weeks. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2 to 3 months. Once the tree has matured a bit and has got a few years on it, you can skip the cold season fertilization. When you fertilize, follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.
4. Pruning: Pruning can be done at any time of the year for in-ground Blood Oranges, except during the winter. Make 45-degree angle cuts to remove dead or crossing limbs and also to thin out the tree to allow more light between the branches.
After the tree fruits, remove any dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree. Remove suckers as they form/grow from the base. Pruning can be done at any time of the year for the potted Blood Orange.
5. Pollination: Though our trees are self-fertile, you can pollinate your indoor trees by hand - simply take a small, dry, fine-tipped paintbrush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. Do this once daily and don’t wash the paintbrush until all blooms have been pollinated. The blooms will fall off naturally and the fruit will form in their place.
Blood Orange Tree Pollination
Blood Orange Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Blood Orange Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width: 10-12 ft.
- Sunlight: Full - Partial
- Blooms: Spring
- Spacing: 4 ft.
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