Moro Blood Orange is a small-medium sized fruit, with deep red flesh and a definite red colour to the skin. The Moro is available at the start of the season, and offers a more tart, raspberry-like flavour.
Blood oranges contain anthocyanins, which is what gives blueberries and raspberries their colour. Anthocyanins have been known to improve cardiovascular health, protect cells from UV damage and are beneficial for people with metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, insulin sensitivity and obesity. Just one blood orange reportedly contains your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, and they have over 9 times the antioxidants of a regular navel orange!
They prefer full sun but in the warm areas of the country will handle some shade.
Need water regularly especially during summer. Avoid over watering.
Well-draining slightly acidic soils. Use high quality organic mix. Suitable for container.
Citrus are heavy nutrient feeders, use a high nitrogen NPK fertiliser. Apply 200g at the drip line (2/3 in spring and 1/3 in summer) increasing this by 200g per year until you are applying 2kg. Apply manure in the autumn spread under the tree with mulch.
Wind tolerant. Young plants need protection cover.
Preferred cool air. Some cold is required to get the deepest red pigment of the Blood Orange.
1-3 years after planting for grafted plant.
Citrus are not trained to any particular shape, some varieties do not need any shaping at all. Prune to shape if necessary and any dead or diseased branches. They will tolerate heavy cutting back. Also remove any sucker growth.