Whats the best smelling orange blossom?

austin1227(FL9)March 28, 2007

My Fiance and I are about to buy a home together. We want to plant an orange tree out front. What is the best option for a great smelling blossom and a sweet orange come harvest time?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tsmith2579(7B)

Austin, go to the blue pages of your phone book and under county government look for the Univ. of Florida county extension agent. It is a free service and he can tell give you all types of good advice about ornamentals and crops which do well in your area.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 11:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
austin1227(FL9)

TSmith- In your post I must have missed your personal OPINION on a great smelling blossom.

Gardenweb is a forum to discuss thoughts and opinions. We all have extension offices, but some us like to talk and hear the thoughts of others.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2007 at 10:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardner_dragon(z7 NE AR)

I have over 30 citrus in bloom and can't say which one smells best. They all smell great. When you enter my yard you are almost overcome with the sweet smell of citrus blossoms. There are some that say they can't perceive a fragrance to the citrus blossoms of certain varieties but these are usually the ornamentals.
Andi

    Bookmark   March 30, 2007 at 7:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tsmith2579(7B)

Hey, Austin. I see Garden_Dragon has responded without providing an opinion. Are you going to admonish Garden_Dragon for not expressing an opinion?

Austin, my opinion is to consult your co-op agent who can give you the "best option" for your area, which is what you asked. You state you are in zone 9. Is that north nearer to Cedar Key and Jacksonville or south nearer the 'Glades? The sweetest tasting or sweetest smelling citrus may not grow in Zone 9. What grows in Indian River county may not grow in Gainesville. I was providing an answer based on information (or lack of) provided by you. 35 years ago there were citrus groves along I-75 in the Gainesville area. Those are gone now, partly due to a few harsh winters. So your answer is like the old saying about real estate : location, location, location. I hope you find a variety which meets your approval.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2007 at 10:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardner_dragon(z7 NE AR)

My opinion was that I can't tell the difference. They all smell pretty much the same. This also may be due to olfactory overload as I always have a lemon, lime or calamondin in bloom.
Andi

    Bookmark   March 31, 2007 at 11:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lee466

I have a book on citrus, Marrs has low acid so it will be on the sweet side, it can become seedy if pollinators are grown nearby, it bears from fall to winter, and produces a heavy crop of medium size oranges. Hamlin is also low acid, and nearly seedless, fruit is small, and ripens from fall into winter. I think that all citrus trees have sweet smelling flowers, but I noticed if its an orange it has a slight orange scent, and if its a lemon it has a slight lemon scent, and the same with other citrus.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2007 at 12:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

I have many citrus here in Ft Lauderdale
In my opinion, my red valencia has the best fragrance of my oranges

    Bookmark   April 3, 2007 at 10:51AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bencelest(z9 CA)

I can't seem to differentiate the smells of the orange blossoms. They all smell the same to me- nice.
nd like TS Smith said, just find one that will grow to your area first.
But be careful, once you start buying, there is no end to it. It's habit forming.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2007 at 10:00AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Why grapefruits and not pomelos?
So the grapefruit is a cross between the pomelo and...
BarbJP CA 15-16/9B
Can Budwood be too small, or thin?
When grafting should I try to obtain close to pencil...
figbear (8b coastal carolina)
Broken Satsuma and Kumquat trees
Hello all. Last May, I planted satsuma and kumquat...
lsugolfredman
Sap on citrus leaves, but no insects
I have been studying the many comments regarding sap...
diekle
The whole Citrus Gang on the back deck....
Brought all the Citrus outside today for a good Neeming...! I...
greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™