Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Western Australia, Orange storage, Depraved appetite

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Storage of oranges

"I understand that the Department of Agriculture recently carried out some experiments concerning the cool storage of oranges. My orchard carries a number of Washington Navels and a larger number of Valencias. If I could pick the whole of the Valencias before Christmas and store them it would save a lot of work in the hot weather and give me more time for watering in January, February and March. I am fortunate in having an ample water supply and could keep the Valencias on the tree until late March or even April but I would welcome any information in regard to storage, especially concerning the temperatures they should be held at and whether any different treatments would be needed for Navels and Valencias. How long will they last in storage and would they require to be wrapped?"