Top Questions About Blood Orange Trees

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Questions About Blood Orange Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 5, 2011

Q. Can You Force a Blood Orange to Blossom?

Is it possible to force a blood orange tree to produce blossoms, and through the blossoms produce fruit?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is not really possible to force them to bloom. You can provide ideal blooming conditions, which can encourage it to bloom, but there are many factors, such as age of the tree and season, that make it difficult to force them into bloom if they are not ready too.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 10, 2014

Q. Epsom Salts

I read an article about Epsom salts being used to fertilize peppers, tomatoes and roses. Are they safe for blood orange trees as well?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 10, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, it is perfectly safe for your Blood Orange as well.

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Asked by
Blondejenn on
September 30, 2014

Q. blood orange tree has not bloomed

Bought a blood orange tree in the spring. It has almost doubled in height but not bloomed. When will it begin to produce fruit? It is potted in full sun. I live in southern Alabama. If I don’t water it daily, it looks very wilty, so I keep watering it. I know it says weekly but it’s soooo hot here. I would say the tree is about 6 feet tall now and I had some caterpillars that started to eat the leaves but got rid of them. It looks like a healthy tree. Please help! I want some yummy oranges.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
October 2, 2014
A.

You're going to have to be patient for awhile longer. Like most citrus, blood oranges need 5 years or so before they set fruit. Here are a couple of articles that may be helpful to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/blood-orange-tree-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/orange-tree-container-care.htm

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Asked by
kweatherholt on
March 17, 2015

Q. blood orange producing only on bottom third

Why is my blood orange producing only on the bottom third of tree? I have a blood orange tree, going into its 4th yr. It appears to be growing very nicely, approx. 8 ft tall now, and has nice lush dark green foliage. In second year it gave about 6-7 nice oranges. Last year (3rd) it produced approx. 2 dozen nice oranges but they mostly were in the bottom third of the tree. This year, the blossoms are again in the same location. They are evenly dispersed throughout the tree. Am I expecting too much too soon or is there a reason why this is occurring? I water it pretty well about twice a week and fertilize it every 3-4 months with a commercial citrus/avocado fertilizer.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 17, 2015
Certified Expert
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I think you need to up your fertilizing schedule. I believe that's why the lower half of your tree may be doing better then the top half.
Your tree is young though so fruit production seems good for your trees age. Sunlight, water, temperatures all effect your citrus trees. Much of what we can't control!

Read this link, particularly the paragraph on fertilizing.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/blood-orange-tree-care.htm

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Asked by
Cj1379 on
August 4, 2016

Q. Blood Orange Trees

Am buying a blood orange tree. All the trees at this place have thorns from bottom through the top of the tree. I always thought that the rootstock had thorns, but if the entire tree had thorns, that meant the grafted bud had died and only root stock remained. Do blood orange trees have thorns throughout?

Answered by
Alisma on
August 5, 2016
Certified Expert
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It depends on the variety of citrus you are looking at. If both the variety that provided the rootstock and the variety that provides the top of the tree are thorny, the entire tree will have thorns. It is also possible that you are looking at ungrafted trees. Ask whether the trees in this nursery are indeed grafted.

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Asked by
cindyablanchard on
August 24, 2016

Q. Blood oranges

My blood oranges are about the size of a baseball but still completely green. Just wondering how I will know when they are ripe and ready to be picked. Thank you. My tree is in a pot that I move indoors during the colder weather.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 25, 2016
Certified Expert
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Blood Oranges are mid season fruits, so the fruit is ready to harvest in the months of January and February.
You can check the stem of the fruit; when the stem begins to dry, the fruit is nearing harvest time.
The fruits exact ripening time is dependent on the variety and the environment. They do need the cool evenings to make the blood red color deepen.
Blood Oranges cannot tolerate freezing weather.
Here is an article with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/blood-orange-tree-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 6, 2017

Q. can’t get blood orange tree to produce fruit

The tree is about 7 yrs old and very green and healthy but will not produce any fruit.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 6, 2017
Certified Expert
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Citrus trees need full sunshine and plenty of water, occasional feeding and warm winter temperatures
Having your soil tested will give you the best answers about the availability of micro nutrients in the soil.
Leaf and fruit buds form at the same time on a Blood Orange tree, and cold weather can damage some or all of the buds.
Your tree can end of with all leaves.
To help correct this you can prune the tree back hard to encourage new wood, this will encourage the tree to produce the right amount of leaves and fruit.

Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/blood-orange-tree-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/oranges/no-fruit-on-orange-trees.htm

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