Pineapple oranges are sweet, succulent, and nutritious. Here are 5 fascinating facts about pineapple orange fruits and the orange trees upon which they grow.
Do you spend too much money at the grocery store on citrus fruits?
They are delicious and you're using them in so many recipes! Wouldn't it be easier to just grow your own fruit?
One of the great things about having your own pineapple orange tree is that you can care for and grow the fruit that you can later enjoy. Knowing you put the work in makes it taste so much better!
If you're interested in learning about pineapple orange trees and how they grow, keep reading to find out more.
What is a Pineapple Orange?
A pineapple orange is a specific orange fruit. It is great for juicing or eating!
This fruit is a mid-season fruit, meaning it grows from November to early January. When it is full size, it is medium to large and round or oval.
These oranges are usually yellow to reddish-orange. The peel is pebbly, much like other citrus fruit peels.
One of the great things about a pineapple orange is that it is very juicy and has a very sweet flavor.
It doesn't taste like a pineapple, but it is sweeter than a navel orange. Some people even think it has a somewhat spicy smell to it.
5 Facts About Pineapple Orange Trees
Here are some things that you should know about pineapple orange trees and the fruits that are produced before you buy one.
1. The Trees Thrive in Moderate Climates
Citrus trees can die if temperatures become too cold, but they still need heat from the summer to develop fruit with good flavor.
Sustained heat throughout the summer will help to develop the sweetness that many of us enjoy in citrus fruits, including pineapple oranges. These fruits taste the best after they have had time in the heat to develop the sugar inside.
A mild winter lets you leave the fruit on the tree longer and this will lower the acid level. When the acid level is less intense, the sweetness can shine through.
2. A Lot of Water is Needed
A citrus plant, like the pineapple orange tree, will need a lot of water. Whether you are growing your tree outside or inside, water is an absolute necessity.
Whenever you see the soil is looking dry, it is time to water the plant. Use a water retention method around the pineapple orange tree to help the plant absorb more water.
3. Pineapple Oranges Have Seeds
Unlike some other varieties out there, pineapple oranges have quite a few seeds in them on average.
Most of the time, you will find about 15 to 25 seeds in each one. Other varieties of oranges, including the Parson Brown orange, have a larger amount of seeds.
There are versions of this fruit that can be grown seedless, but it is not how they come in nature.
4. The Trees Can Grow Very High
Many people don't realize how tall citrus trees can grow. The pineapple orange tree can grow to be as high as 22 feet!
Dwarf varieties of these trees grow to be around 8 or 12 feet high, which still can take up quite a lot of space.
It is important to keep in mind how much room you have before buying your tree, especially if you plan to help it grow indoors.
5. Pineapple Orange Trees from Seeds
If you want to grow a pineapple orange tree from a seed, it is entirely possible to do it at home.
The first thing to do is to remove the seeds from the pineapple orange and soak them overnight in water. You then plant them in about a 1/2 inch of moist soil.
Cover up the potting soil with plastic and let it sit in a warm, sunny area for a few weeks. During this time, the seeds will sprout.
After this, you can remove the plastic and keep the new baby tree near the sunny area.
Discover the Benefits Yourself
Having your very own citrus tree can be a huge benefit for anyone that loves the fruits and wants to cultivate their own variety of it. While you here, browse our citrus blog to get some additional advice on growing citrus!
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