It is a delicious, easily peeled; seedless fruit is produced by this medium-sized tree. Fragrant flowers in spring and handsome foliage year-round. Washington navel orange is adapted to all areas, except desert and cool coastal areas.
They are mostly grown for human consumption and their big advantage is that they have a long growing season.
Steps while planting and managing Washington navel oranges
The Washington navel orange is propagated by grafting and cuttings.
- While planting dig a hole 2ft by 2ft, mix the top soil with half bucket manure and still Washington navel oranges can be planted in large containers. Fertilizing should be done after the first flush of leaves. Apply N.PK, two table spoonful and this should be repeated after each and every three months but as the tree nears flowering, apply fertilizer with micro elements to enhance good fruit growth.
- Ensure your seedling gets enough water. Water twice a week.
- Weeding should be thorough, as weeds compete for nutrients with the orange tree and they harbor pests which eventually attacks orange tree.
- Pruning should be done yearly by removing the dead, broken and diseased branches .
- Harvesting is done by tasting a single orange on the tree seven months after flowering, and repeat every two weeks until the flavor of the oranges is sweet enough for you.