Bitter orange tree growing tree of the genus citrus also known as Sour orange or Citrus aurantium. Bitter orange tree grow as perennial evergreen with thorns used also as ornamental plant, it can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.
Flowers are white with purple with yellow stamen, fruit size ~5-8 cm.
Bitter orange tree fruit
Fruit rind color orange, the rind is edible little bitter also used as flavor and fragrant. The fruit taste is bitter with sour and color is mostly orange, but can yellow. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer).
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Requirements for Bitter orange tree growing and care:
Frost free, well drained
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary to graft?
Not but possible
Difficulties/Problems with growing Citrus aurantium:
when the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, thorns
Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis
How to prune a Citrus aurantium:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much density
Size of the plant?
4-10 m, 12-30 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Irrigation Water Management:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing Citrus aurantium:
It is possible to grow indoor?
Growing Citrus aurantium is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
When does Citrus aurantium bloom?
Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower:
Flowers are white with yellow stamen
Thinning / Deadheading of Citrus aurantium Blossom:
The first year should thinning the flowers
Pollination is done by:
When does Citrus aurantium yield:
Autumn / Winter
Pests or diseases in Citrus aurantium fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria
What can be done with big quantities of Bitter orange tree fruits?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind
Work requirements on the Citrus aurantium fruit:
pick up (sometimes cut brunches that grow into the fruit)
How long does it take for to bear fruits?
Ripening of Citrus aurantium fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house