Boukhobza Blood Orange Tree
Boukhobza is not quite as dark as other blood oranges but what it lacks in anthocyanin content it makes up for in being perhaps the sweetest blood orange around. This one was a favorite of ours at the UC Riverside citrus tastings and we are proud to now be offering it to home growers.
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Latin Name: Citrus hybrid
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil. If growing it in a pot, in the winter place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Hardy to at least 30° F, but any frost below 32° F will ruin the fruit.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-8 ft.
Fruit Skin: Orange
Fruit Flesh: Reddish-orange
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Ripens in late fall to winter.
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Care: Fertilize with citrus mix 3-4 times per year with typical applications in late winter (Jan-Feb), late spring (May-June) and early fall (Sept-Oct).
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites, scales and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants, though citrus greening virus has become a huge problem in California and Florida
USDA Zone: 9