Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

$119.95

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5 Gallon 3 - 4 FT Standard $119.95
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Description

The Summerfield Navel Orange Tree has been one of the most popular and widely planted Navel varieties since it’s discovery in 1928 by W.J. Lyles, owner of Summerfield Citrus Nursery. A staple in the Florida citrus industry for years, it produces a juicier, easier to peel orange than other navel varieties.

Growing a Summerfield Navel Orange Tree can be a rewarding experience, providing you with delicious, homegrown fruit while enhancing your garden’s beauty. By following the proper planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and pest management techniques outlined in this guide, you can enjoy a healthy and productive citrus tree for years to come.

This Summerfield Navel Orange Tree comes in a 5 Gallon nursery pot and stands between 3-4ft tall from the soil line.

We recommend planting your tree or repotting it into our Large EverPot Dwarfing Kit (pictured) if you’d like to keep it a manageable size for a patio or porch.

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Tree Care

The Summerfield Navel Orange Tree is a popular citrus tree cultivar that produces sweet, seedless, and juicy navel oranges. These trees thrive in warmer climates and are perfect for backyard gardens or small-scale orchards. Proper tree care is essential for ensuring a healthy and productive Summerfield Navel Orange Tree. This comprehensive guide will provide you with expert tips and advice on how to care for your citrus tree.

Planting and Site Selection for Your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Choosing the Right Location

The ideal location for a Summerfield Navel Orange Tree is a sunny, well-draining spot that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Avoid planting in low-lying areas where water may accumulate, as citrus trees are susceptible to root rot when exposed to standing water.

Preparing the Soil

Before planting your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree, prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will help improve soil structure and drainage. The ideal soil pH for citrus trees is between 6.0 and 7.0. If necessary, amend the soil with lime or sulfur to achieve the proper pH level.

Watering and Irrigation Techniques for Your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Consistent Watering Schedule

Citrus trees require a consistent watering schedule, especially during the first few years of growth. Water your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. This will help prevent overwatering and promote deep root growth.

Drought Tolerance and Water Conservation

Once established, Summerfield Navel Orange Trees are relatively drought-tolerant. However, it is essential to maintain a consistent watering schedule during dry periods, as inadequate water can negatively impact fruit production and quality.

Fertilizing and Nutrient Management for a Healthy Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Balanced Fertilization

Citrus trees require a balanced fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as essential micronutrients like iron, zinc, and manganese. Apply a slow-release citrus-specific fertilizer according to the package instructions, typically three times per year: in late winter, late spring, and early fall.

Monitoring Nutrient Levels

Regularly monitor the nutrient levels in your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree by observing its foliage. Yellowing leaves or poor fruit production may indicate nutrient deficiencies. In such cases, adjust your fertilization practices or consult a local extension office for guidance.

Pruning and Training Your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Pruning for Structure and Airflow

Prune your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree to maintain a strong, well-balanced structure and promote airflow within the canopy. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches, as well as any that cross or rub against each other. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Skirt Pruning for Pest Control

Skirt pruning involves removing lower branches to create a gap between the ground and the tree’s canopy. This practice can help reduce the risk of pests and diseases, as well as make it easier to harvest fruit and care for the tree.

Fruit & Harvesting

Harvesting and Enjoying Your Summerfield Navel Oranges

When to Harvest Your Summerfield Navel Oranges

Summerfield Navel Oranges typically ripen between November and January, depending on your climate. The best way to determine if your oranges are ready for harvest is to taste one. If the fruit is sweet, juicy, and easily separates from the tree, it is likely ready to harvest.

Storing and Using Your Homegrown Oranges

Freshly harvested Summerfield Navel Oranges can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks or in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. Enjoy your homegrown oranges as a healthy snack, in salads, or use them to make fresh-squeezed orange juice, marmalade, and other citrus recipes.

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Pest and Disease Management for Your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree

Regular Inspections for Pests and Diseases

Inspect your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree regularly for signs of pests or diseases. Common citrus pests include aphids, scale insects, and citrus leaf miners. Diseases to watch for include citrus canker, greasy spot, and root rot. Early detection and treatment are crucial for maintaining a healthy tree.

Integrated Pest Management Strategies

Implement integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to minimize the use of chemical pesticides and reduce the risk of pest resistance. IPM involves using a combination of cultural, biological, and chemical methods to control pests and diseases. Examples include regular monitoring, maintaining proper tree hygiene, encouraging beneficial insects, and using organic or low-toxicity pesticides when necessary.

FAQs

How long does it take for a Summerfield Navel Orange Tree to start producing fruit?

Summerfield Navel Orange Trees typically begin producing fruit within 3-4 years after planting. The tree’s age, overall health, and growing conditions can affect the onset of fruit production. Providing proper care and maintenance can help ensure that your tree begins to bear fruit as soon as possible.

Can I grow a Summerfield Navel Orange Tree in a container?

Yes, Summerfield Navel Orange Trees can be grown in containers, making them suitable for small gardens or patios. Choose a large container with drainage holes and use a well-draining, citrus-specific potting mix. Keep in mind that container-grown trees may require more frequent watering and fertilization compared to trees planted in the ground.

What is the ideal temperature range for growing a Summerfield Navel Orange Tree?

Summerfield Navel Orange Trees thrive in temperatures between 55°F and 100°F (13°C to 38°C). They can tolerate brief periods of colder temperatures, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below 32°F (0°C) can cause significant damage or even kill the tree. If you live in a region with harsh winters, consider planting your tree in a sheltered location or using frost protection measures, such as frost blankets or portable heaters, during cold spells.

What can I do to protect my Summerfield Navel Orange Tree from frost damage?

To protect your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree from frost damage, consider implementing the following strategies:

  • Choose a planting location with a microclimate that offers some protection from cold winds and frost pockets.
  • Water the tree deeply before a freeze, as moist soil retains heat better than dry soil.
  • Apply a thick layer of mulch around the tree’s base to help insulate the roots.
  • Use frost blankets or other forms of frost protection to cover the tree during freezing temperatures.
How often should I prune my Summerfield Navel Orange Tree?

Prune your Summerfield Navel Orange Tree annually, typically in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Focus on removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches, as well as any that cross or rub against each other. Additionally, maintain a well-balanced tree structure and ensure good airflow within the canopy to promote overall tree health and prevent pest and disease issues.

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