Selecting The Best Blood Orange Trees
The blood orange trees are unique trees that produces dark purple fruit. The blood orange trees can grow almost anywhere, but does best in hardiness zones 9-11. The blood orange does not like harsh winters or summers. Choosing healthy bloody orange trees is very important, and you should first inspect the leaves of any tree before you buy it. They should be a deep green color with no discoloration, spots, or wilting. You should also examine the trees for signs of pests, such as holes in the leaves. Be sure to check underneath the leaves as well. New growth should also be visible during the growing season, which is usually during the winter and spring months for blood oranges. The stems and bark of blood orange trees should also be strong and healthy. There should be no visible blemishes or cankers, for instance. They should also have one strong center trunk.
You should also pay special attention to the root balls of any blood orange trees that you might purchase. Trees will usually come with their root balls wrapped in a burlap sack or already planted in a container. The roots of ball and burlap trees should be contained, for the most part, in the bag, and the burlap should show no signs of mold or mildew. Container grown trees should be planted in large enough containers to prevent the sapling from becoming root bound. Visible roots swirling around the top of the soil and roots sticking out of the drainage holes are often signs of a root bound tree.