VALENCIAS SUIT MANY TASTES
If you like your oranges sweet and juicy then valencia is the variety for you.
Originally bred in southern California, it was named after Valencia in Spain, which is renowned for growing sweet oranges. It’s a thin-skinned orange and is perfect for juicing. The peak harvest season for valencias is late winter and early spring.
However, a fantastic benefit of valencias is that the fruit can be left on the tree for up to six months. This increases the sweetness and allows you to harvest home-grown oranges well into summer.
Valencia orange trees will grow up to 5m tall and have beautiful fragrant white flowers in spring. Dwarf grafted trees reach about 2m tall, which makes them perfect for small-space gardeners and also growing in pots. They’re more compact trees but still produce normal-sized fruit. Seedless valencia oranges are available, but will still develop some seeds if grown near other citrus trees that flower at the same time.
Valencia oranges do best in a sunny location with well-drained soil or a 40–50cm diameter pot filled with quality potting mix.