Kamiu Horticulture

PIXIE ORANGES Plantation

Pixie farming is a highly profitable agribusiness especially in arid and semi-arid areas of the world. In general, the demand is relatively high while the supply is still low. Pixie fruits are yellow-orange in color, seedless, easy to peel, tasty, and highly nutritious. The market for pixie fruits is wide. In Kenya, we are yet to satisfy the local market and the export market as well. Why not take advantage of the market gap and venture into pixie farming?

Pixie orange farming in Kenya is one form of agri-business that has picked up pace fast. The fruit is a cross between oranges and tangerines, its yellow-orange in colour, seedless, easy to peel, tasty and highly nutritious.

History

The origin of the Pixie Tangerine is shrouded in a bit of mystery: scientific literature says that the Pixie Tangerine is “a second generation hybrid (or possibly a self) obtained from open pollination of an F1 hybrid called a Kincy, meaning that the “seed parent” was a tangerine variety called a Kincy (a cross between a Dancy and a King), but no one knows what the pollen parent was. Citrus breeder Howard Frost obtained the parent seed in 1927. Actual development and testing of the fruit didn’t begin until many years later, at the University of California at Riverside. UCR breeders spent a couple of decades planting out trees to see how they would grow under different conditions and what their fruit was like. In 1965, UCR breeders James Cameron (the plant breeder, not the film director) and Robert Soost finally released the Pixie, which they recommended only as a “backyard tree.”

Climate condition


Soils: Pixie thrives in a wide range of soils although they perform best in sandy loamy soils. For optimum performance, they should be grown in deep, fertile and well-drained soils with a pH range of 6.5 – 7.3. Rainfall: Just like oranges, pixie thrives in areas with low and moderate areas. This means that it can perform well in arid and semi-arid areas. In dry areas, the plants should be watered regularly. Temperatures: Ideal temperatures for pixie farming range from 100C – 300C. The plants are sensitive to extremely low or high temperatures. For instance, high temperatures above 380C causes fruit drop and scarring of fruits. Altitude: They grow well in altitudes of up to 2100m above sea level. Sunshine: Pixie requires enough sunlight (at least 6-8 hours of sunlight) especially during flowering, fruit set, and fruit ripening.

Planting Guide


For optimum performance, they should be grown in deep, fertile and well-drained soils with a pH range of 6.5 – 7.3. Rainfall: Just like oranges, pixie thrives in areas with low and moderate areas. This means that it can perform well in arid and semi-arid areas. In dry areas, the plants should be watered regularly.
Grafted pixie oranges will start giving you fruits in the second year and mature after 3-5 years depending on how well they are taken care of it.

Why you should do Pixie Orange Plantation

Pixie Oranges farming can be a highly profitable agribusiness, especially in arid and semi-arid areas. The fruit is a cross between oranges and tangerines, the seedling bears fruits after about 2-3 years with its fruits being yellow-orange in color, seedless, easy to peel, tasty, and highly nutritious.
The fruit fibers help in cleaning the intestines of the bad cholesterol. It also helps in maintaining normal blood pressure, preventing colds, and is crucial for a well-functioning immune system, maintaining healthy-looking, glowing skin, and helps in healing wounds.
Pixie tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C to reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and boost collagen production within the skin

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