(Citrus sinensis ‘Seedless Valencia’)
Valencia oranges are quite often referred to as a ‘juicing orange’, and with good reason! They really do contain a truly amazing amount of juice when ripe. On top of that, the fruit stores remarkably well on the tree, some even lasting up to 5 months. While the fruit can begin to ripen in late winter, it can be left on the tree to extend which significantly extends your fruiting season. The variety we typically grow is seedless, so it’s even more convenient to make juice or snack on them. Valencias can be a medium to large sized orange and they tend to get sweeter the longer they’re left on the tree.
If you’re looking to make fresh juice, the Seedless Valencia would be the perfect orange. Of course, they can still be eaten as well; when ripe, these oranges basically melt in your mouth.
The tree is quite good-looking with its dense, dark green foliage and a generally compact growth habit. It can be encouraged to stay even more compact with regular pruning. In its lifetime, the dwarf Valencia can grow from 1 – 1.5m tall when planted in the ground and in ideal conditions. AThis dwarf form tree would also be right at home in a nice big pot that will allow it to grow as close to its full size as possible. They are a good producer and you may need to thin out the fruit if it looks like the branches are too heavy. It could also be supported by carefully placed stakes if needed.
If you’ve only got a limited amount of space in the garden or on the balcony and need a good orange all-rounder, the seedless Valencia might be your best bet.
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