MORO BLOOD ORANGE
Citrus sinensis Wildly popular amongst the foodie circles, blood oranges are rightly earning a place in everyday kitchen use, and now are available as your own, homegrown crop. Moro is the earliest to ripen and the most colorful of the blood orange varieties. Deeply pigmented throughout, the Moro fruit has flesh that is deep, ruby red, nearly purple-black, with a characteristic, heady aroma and sweet flavor with berry overtones. For best fruit flavor and color, plants require warm days and cool nights. Cold hardy to 28ºF.
Weather permitting, citrus plants ship November through June. Not available to AK, AZ, FL, HI, TX, US Territories, or Canada.
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|Bearing Age||1–2 years|
Our citrus trees are 2-3 years old, well-developed and branched with large, healthy root systems. Their trunk diameter ranges 1/2-3/4 inches, above-ground height is over 2 feet, and foliage canopy more than 1 foot in diameter. At this stage of development, they are mature enough to produce fruit. We have selected these special varieties for their vigor, beauty, productivity, and practical utility. Grow in full sun outdoors during warm months. In areas with cold winters, bring indoors and locate in a south facing, sunny window during frosty months. All of our citrus are well suited for cultivation indoors as houseplants. Plants are shipped in 3 gallon pots.
Water thoroughly when soil is dry — test soil moisture with your finger or soil moisture meter. Do not over water (water too frequently or allow the plants to stand in water)! Use citrus fertilizer during the growing season, and less in winter months when days are shorter.
Make sure the soil around the roots stays evenly moist for several weeks after planting. During the first growing season don’t let the soil dry out. Periodic deep waterings during the growing season will help your tree grow strong and be less susceptible to drought. Be careful to keep the soil from becoming soggy. A layer of mulch around the trunk of the tree will protect the roots, suppress competitive weeds and conserve water. Avoid piling the mulch up against the base of the plant; leave an inch or so of space around the trunk clear of mulch. To encourage the tree to become established, remove any blossoms that may appear during the first season. During the first dormant season, select 3 strong limbs that are between 2-4 feet off the ground, and remove all but these branches. This will be the foundation framework for the tree. To prune during subsequent dormant seasons, cut damaged, weak or dead limbs, and shape tree as needed.
Size at Maturity
3-6 feet tall when container grown. 6-15 feet tall in the ground. However, trees can be pruned to any shape or height.
Our citrus is self-fertile, but will require hand-pollination when it is indoors. Hand pollinate by moving pollen from flower to flower with a small, soft paintbrush or cotton swab.
Pests & Diseases
Outdoors citrus is not bothered by pests or diseases; indoors watch for mites and aphids. Treat with Pyrethrin or Neem oil.
Well drained, acidic.
Full sun to part shade, or a sunny window indoors.
Several dozen fruit per year.
Citrus sinensis Wildly popular amongst the foodie circles, blood oranges are rightly earning a place in everyday kitchen use, and now are available as your own, homegrown crop. Moro is the earliest to ripen and the most colorful of the blood orange varieties. Deeply pigmented throughout, the Moro fruit has flesh that i