How to Grow the Easy to Peel and Eat Navel Oranges!

How to Grow the Easy to Peel and Eat Navel Oranges!

By Felipe Benavides on March, 5 2018
Citrus and Fruit

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Felipe Benavides

Felipe has been working in the Nursery and Garden center for many years and bring extensive knowledge to trees, plants, and landscape design.

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Navel orange season is here, so let’s celebrate! Picking juicy and sweet navel oranges right off the tree is reason enough to throw a healthy-eating party – they are seedless, easy to peel, and perfect to be eaten as fresh whole fruit. These dwarf to semi dwarf-sized trees are so easy to grow - all we need to do is just water them occasionally, and they will reward us with plenty of juicy, seedless oranges!


Navel Oranges Are Easy to Grow – Share the Harvest with Friends!


Having a navel orange tree in a yard is a must have for any fruit lover. After all, we cannot think of a better way to enjoy the deliciously juicy flesh of a navel orange bursting with citrus flavor than by having one within arm’s reach. Lucky for us, our climate is ideal for growing these seedless fruit favorites! Making things even sweeter is the fact that these small trees are the perfect size for any landscape, from small yards to sprawling estates – it’s all good! As a bonus, they are also drought tolerant once established, making them a perfect fit for growing from Southern California to Arizona and into parts of Nevada!


How to Care for a Navel Orange Tree

 The navel orange tree is the hardiest of all oranges and hardy for growing in our local USDA zones. These sweet oranges are considered the “winter” orange, and spring is the ideal time for planting this tree. Enjoy the fragrant flowers in spring and attractive foliage all year long.

Light: Choose a spot in your landscape that receives plenty of full sun exposure. At least six hours a day is preferred. The perfect place in your landscape is one set away from any surrounding grass or structures.

Watering: A navel orange tree requires well-drained soil. Following a regular watering schedule during the first growing season is the best way to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, we can reduce watering. Always be sure to water deeply and allow the soil to dry between watering.

Fertilizing: We like to fertilize in the spring and repeat the process in the fall. Moon Valley Nurseries has developed the perfect blends to boost growth and supplement the essential micro and macronutrients these trees need to thrive in our landscape.


Buy a Navel Orange Tree at Fruit-Producing Age!

One bite of this luscious fruit is all it takes to see why the navel orange is one of the most popular orange varieties throughout the Southwest and beyond! Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all our own citrus for decades, and we developed a custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit as well as a plentiful harvest.


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