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Unique, Cold Hardy Orange Grows Anywhere
Why The Hardy Orange 'Flying Dragon'?
The Hardy Orange, also known as the Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange, is one of the most unique fruit varieties available. Its twisted stems are contorted in different directions with curved, claw-like thorns, giving the illusion of dragons in flight.
Plus, the Flying Dragon is simple to grow. Despite its rarity and exotic looks, the Hardy Orange does well in containers, even pruned in bonsai fashion. This Plant's design changes from wicked-like in the winter when its large thorns are exposed – to a soft flowering plant in the spring, quickly followed by colorful, fragrant oranges.
Although it's often used as an accent or in a container, this interesting shrub is a perfect option for a hedge - with its long, curved thorns, it's perfect for creating privacy and deterring intruders, while still adding beauty to the landscape.
And it withstands temperatures as low as -10 degrees. The Hardy Orange is a tough plant that does well in both sunny and shady areas. It's drought-tolerant and barely needs pruning, so it's a time-saver with virtually no upkeep required, needing only a bit of sun and water to thrive.
Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better
With our Hardy Orange, you get a carefree, one-of-a-kind plant and a healthy head start. Because we've planted, grown and nurtured our trees with care, long before they ship to your home, you get a healthier root system and more developed branching.
There's no need to visit your local nursery or big box since you get exotic, lush growth delivered right to your door.
These show-stopping plants go quickly every year, so be sure to order before we’re out of stock. Get your own Flying Dragon today!
Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon' Pollination
Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon's are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Hardy Orange Tree 'Flying Dragon' will drastically increase the size of your crop.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: First, choose a planting location in full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). The plant will tolerate partial shade but its citrus production might be reduced.
Also, the Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange enjoys well-draining soil but is adaptable to many soil types, growing in clay, sandy loam, and loam.
Keep in mind that the Flying Dragon's thorns make it a great deterrent for unwanted guests. Planted in rows around your property, or even under windows, it can provide an extra sense of security that's also deer and rabbit resistant.
When you're ready to plant, dig a hole that is twice the size of the plant’s root system and just as deep (or select a container, with drainage holes, that's twice the width of your plant's shipped container). Place the plant into the hole and carefully backfill, tamping the soil down around the root system. Finally, apply a 3-inch layer of mulch such as pine needles, bark chips, recycled plastic chunks, or peat moss around the base to deter weed growth and keep the soil moist.
2. Watering: Keep the soil around the plant moist, watering once or twice weekly. Once the Flying Dragon Trifoliate establishes itself, it can typically live on annual rainfall with no supplemental watering required unless a drought occurs.
If you're not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil about 2 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it's time to water.
3. Fertilizing: Fertilize annually using a 15–5–19 fertilizer formula, divided into three applications per year: Half applied in July, one quarter applied two months later in September, and the remaining quarter 4 months later, in November.
4. Pruning: Remove any shoots that appear below the graft union (where the two grafted stems join toward the bottom), and remove any dead or damaged branches. The Flying Dragon Trifoliate withstands pruning well and can be shaped into a small-sized tree if desired.
FGT Tip: While you can eat the oranges, few do because they’re quite tart and full of seeds. Nonetheless, there are a few ways to make use of the fruit, including more savory marmalades, or in condiments when dried. And you can make juice when they’re picked and stored for two weeks prior to squeezing.
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $49||$19.95|
|$49 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
|Mature Height:||8 ft. pruned|
|Mature Width:||5-8 ft.|
|Harvest Time:||November - December|
|Year to Bear:||Can Fruit the 1st Year!|
|Botanical Name:||Citrus trifoliata|
|Does Not Ship To:||AL,AZ,CA,FL,GA,LA,OR,TX|
|Grows Well In Zones:||5-10 outdoors|
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