Honeybell Orange (Citrus reticulata x C. paradise)

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Honeybell Oranges, aka Minneola Tangelos, are one of our ultimate favorite citrus fruits to grow. Honeybell is a hybrid of the sweet Darcy Tangerine and tart and juicy Duncan Grapefruit.  They have pretty loose skin and are easy to peel, especially compared to most orange varieties. As gardeners, we know and respect the idea that patience is a virtue. But when the fruits of our Honeybell Orange trees are in season, there’s no holding back. We swear Honeybell Oranges taste better when you rip, cut, or bite a quarter-size slice off the top, and squeeze every last drop of juice right into your mouth. Get straight to the good stuff — juicers and glassware, be damned — that sweet, perfectly tangy, orange juice can’t be bottled up.

Planting, cultural care, pruning, and harvesting are similar for all citrus plants, with a few slight variations. Generally, they are best planted in filtered sun with well-drained soil that can hold moisture and nutrients. Citrus trees a particularly high demand for nitrogen. If you’re fantasizing about long afternoons of picking fresh fruit from your personal citrus grove, keep this in mind: The key to growing citrus is setting it up for success from the start.

Plant Type
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year

Mature Size
7-30 ft

Mature size varies by citrus tree type. Overall, citrus varieties can be grown in containers and maintained at smaller sizes.

Soil & Moisture
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium 

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 8-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Although their fruit provides a distinctly tropical twist to any drink or dish, Citrus trees trees are actually very cold hardy fruit trees, taking temperatures down to the low 20's!

Propagation
Grafted and ready to produce. 

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Dig Deeper

Sweet, tangy, juicy citrus fruit is more than just a delicious snack or an essential ingredient in your Sunday afternoon mimosas!

Citrus (especially oranges) is an amazing source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps prevent and treat the common cold/upper respiratory infections and improve heart health. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own so you need to get it from fruits like citrus, fresh vegetables, berries, etc.

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