Fukumoto Navel Orange
Introduced from Japan in the 1980’s, Fukumoto Navel Orange is prized for its very early ripening, 3-4 weeks ahead of Washington Navel, and its attractive, reddish-orange skin. Sweet, juicy and very flavorful, this unique variety is somewhat less vigorous than other Orange varieties, making it especially well-suited to container growing.
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Latin Name: Citrus sinensis
Site and Soil: Citrus trees want to be in the sun or bright light, either when they are outside or when you bring them inside for the winter. Potting soil should be coarse and well drained. For best results, use our Citrus and Fruit Tree fertilizer.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit procuction. 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 about 20°F. We recommend bringing into a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur.
Bearing Age: 1-2 yrs.
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft.
Taste: Sweet, juicy
Fruit Skin: Orange
Fruit Flesh: Orange
Ripening Time: November to January
Yield: 40-50 fruit
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 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 varieties.
USDA Zone: 9
Thanks to our friends at University of California Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences for the photo. Check out info on the Fukumoto Navel Orange on their website here