Mandarin at home - care and pest control
Many people, at least once in their lives, have tried to stick a mandarin seed or other fruit into the ground, in the hope that a fruit-bearing tree will soon grow in a flower pot. The task is difficult and unbearable, and mainly due to a lack of knowledge on growing, and then there is no need to talk about proper care.
Tangerine tree from seed
But it turns out that if you approach the matter correctly, without hoping for "maybe", then, for example, everyone can grow a tangerine tree in an apartment, even those who are not a skilled gardener. The main thing is patience, the ability to look after and the desire to achieve what you want!
As with other citrus crops, there are two ways to grow a tangerine tree at home - buying a seedling in a specialized store, or growing a tree yourself from a stone. The second way is more interesting and exciting (if you are in the habit of caring for the plantings), and if everything works out, then in a couple of years you will be overwhelmed with pride that the homemade tangerine not only smells sweet, but also bears fruit!
It is worth starting the growing process at home with the extraction of seed
The procedure is supposed to be as follows:
- Extraction and preparation of seed material
- Preparing the container
- Preparing the land for planting
- Waiting for shoots
- Preventive measures against diseases and pests
So, let's start moving down the list from the very beginning. It is worth starting the growing process at home with the extraction of seed - a few tangerine seeds, preferably 5-6, since not all of them can sprout. To do this, in the nearest store, purchase ripe tangerines, which are stored in appropriate conditions (not in the refrigerator, not in direct sunlight) from which and remove the bones necessary for this stage. Thoroughly rinse the "extracted" seed and put it on a flat, open surface to dry. After the seeds dry out, you need to start preparing them for planting.
To do this, the seed must be soaked for better germination: it is better to take a clean, damp cotton cloth, wrap the tangerine seeds in it and leave them for a couple of days. It is not necessary to fill the fabric with seeds with water, but you need to make sure that the canvas is constantly wet - its complete drying is unacceptable, since this will ruin the whole business in the bud. For those who do not want to deal with the fabric and constantly monitor the state of its moisture, experienced gardeners advise you to purchase a hydrogel (possibly the name aqua soil, eco-soil), which will allow you to carry out the desired process without hassle. The hydrogel will replace damp cloth / gauze: by mixing the powder in the right proportion with water and placing the seeds inside the formed jelly, you will not need to worry that the seed will dry out at home for several days.
Video about how to grow a tangerine from a bone
While the bones are swelling and hatching, they do not need care in excess of the above, and therefore it is time to start preparing the container and soil. Let's start with the containers: at the first stage, you can take a container of any volume, up to a plastic cup. In the future, the grown seedling will need to be grown in a pot with a volume of about 4 liters. Before filling with earth, drainage must be placed on the bottom of the pot (or any other container you have prepared). Let it be small pebbles, crushed walnut shells.
Now let's decide on the land. Like the "wild", home tangerine does not like acidic soils, so if you buy a substrate at a specialized point of sale, you need to watch that the soil is peat-free. If you will be preparing the soil for planting yourself, then some light mixture that allows air to pass through is best, such as a mixture of turf, leafy soil and sand.
After everything is prepared, and the bones have hatched and sprouts have already appeared, then you can proceed directly to planting. Selected grains must be placed in grooves 3-4 cm deep and sprinkled with earth. Water the soil well, but try not to overflow. After that, we remove the pots with plantings in a dark, warm place. As a rule, tangerines, even in natural conditions, sprout for a long time, so do not be alarmed and do not despair due to the fact that there are no sprouts for a long time, as a rule, they appear 3-4 weeks after planting. All at this time it is necessary to ensure that the soil in the container is moist, but not waterlogged.
Water the soil well, but try not to overflow
After the sprouts have appeared, it is necessary to transfer the pot to a bright, but again to a warm place. Mandarin is a thermophilic plant, and for its good growth and development, the ambient temperature must be at least 200C.
Tangerine home care
First of all, as noted above, mandarin grows only under suitable temperature conditions. If the pot with sprouts is placed in a cool place (below 20 -22 0С), then the plant will stop growing and may soon die completely.
After each watering, it is strictly imperative to care for the tangerine: loosen the earth
Secondly, it is imperative to remember that the citrus tree is moisture-loving. In the summer, care includes mandatory watering, which must be done several times a day (depending on temperature and humidity indicators). In winter, watering is carried out less often - about 3 times a week, as the soil in the pot dries out. In addition, the leaves of the tree must be sprayed abundantly daily, and a container with water should be placed next to the pot. All these measures are necessary to ensure sufficient moisture, which is vital for the tangerine tree, since in natural conditions it, as a rule, does not experience a lack of moisture. Water must be necessarily filtered and separated, at room temperature. However, the plant cannot be poured either. After each watering, it is strictly imperative to care for the tangerine: loosen the earth, if necessary, apply fertilizer.
Thirdly, some gardeners, whose citrus tree has been growing in artificial conditions for more than a year, are advised to transplant the plant every spring. Moreover, this must be done with extreme caution, trying not to touch the ground around the roots. After the tree survives to eight years of age, transplanting can be done once two years. Such home care will not only allow the tree to grow better, but from a certain point will also affect the qualitative and quantitative indicators of the tangerine yield.
Fourthly, when growing citrus fruits at home, fertilizing the tree with mineral and organic fertilizers is mandatory. Balanced fertilizers are best purchased from a specialist supply store. The most frequent feeding should be done when the first leaves appear on the plant. The frequency of dressing in the summer is once every 14 days, with the onset of autumn, once a month.
Tangerine tree video
Pest and disease control.
Home-grown citrus trees can be severely damaged by flies, aphids, and red mites. Therefore, mandatory maintenance should include a weekly visual inspection of all parts of the plant, from the trunk and root part to leaves and shoots.
As soon as you notice pests, you must immediately take a series of measures aimed at saving the tree. If you notice pests in time, then you will not need strong "chemistry". It will be enough to prepare a solution of onion peel or garlic, and with it rinse thoroughly the whole plant - leaves and trunk. Do not be lazy, rinse everything carefully and thoroughly, as spraying will not give the desired results. Instead of homemade infusions prepared on your own, in a specialized store you can buy a biological product "green soap", which will help to cope with pests.
Have you ever seen a tangerine grown at home? In fact, getting small, juicy, sweet fruits from this tree is possible, the main thing is a little patience, attention and effort. How to grow a tangerine from a bone at home with fruits? The answer to this question will be discussed in detail in this article.
Growing a tangerine from a stone at home with fruits
Description of the tangerine tree: how and where it grows
The homeland of the tangerine tree is China. It was from there that the fruit began to spread to India, Japan and further across Southeast Asia. FROMfamily - rue, genus - citrus. In natural habitat, the tree can grow up to 4 meters in height. The branches of the plant are dotted with sharp thorns.
Flowers appear on last year's shoots. There are 2-3 flowers in one brush. They have a delicate pleasant aroma. The appearance of fruits occurs in the spring, ripening ends by autumn.
Growing an ordinary tangerine at home can be difficult, it is better to choose one of the dwarf varieties specially bred for this purpose.
What fruits can you get at home
Any homemade tangerine will bear fruit. Starting planting, it is worthwhile to clearly understand the goals of such cultivation: obtaining a beautiful decorative tangerine tree or a fruit-bearing tree, from which fruits can be eaten. The fruits obtained depend on the material from which the tree is cultivated:
- from seeds - the tree will grow for a long time, the fruits will be decorative
- to obtain sweet fruits, mandarin is grown by cuttings or grafting.
Citrus propagation methods
You can grow tangerines at home in different ways:
- Propagated by seeds if the seed is taken from a varietal tree. Place the seed in a damp cloth and wait for the seedlings to peck. After that, the seeds are placed in a nutrient substrate. It is important to know that plants obtained from seeds bear fruit, but inedible.
- The situation with fruiting can be corrected by grafting a one-year-old or two-year-old cuttings to the wild. Having made a cut on the tree with the letter T, move the bark aside and insert the scion. The place of contact is lubricated with garden varnish, tied with a cloth. The branch will take root in three weeks. You can vaccinate by crossing tangerine with another citrus: orange, grapefruit, lemon.
- Cuttings for vegetative propagation are obtained from a varietal tree or purchased in a specialized store. The shoot is planted in a container with nutritious loose soil. After planting, watered abundantly and covered with a plastic bottle on top. The twig will take about two months to take root.
You can choose a reproduction method taking into account the skill of the grower, his experience.
Mandarin: grown from seed at home. How to germinate a mandarin seed
- 5 August, 2019
- Michael Michaelis
Think it's impossible to grow a tangerine tree at home? No matter how it is! In our article, you will learn a lot of useful information about growing a tangerine from a seed at home, as well as about the rules for caring for a citrus plant. If you follow all the recommendations below, then you will be able to acquire a crop that will not only please the eye, but also give a rich harvest.
What is the best variety to use?
If you decide to grow a tangerine at home, using a seed as a planting material, then we strongly recommend that you read the information from this section.
After all, most indoor plant lovers do not even suspect that not all citrus varieties are equally well suited for growing at home.
Below are just the main varieties that deserve your attention.
- Early ripe Shiva-Mikan. One of the most unpretentious varieties that is ideal for growing at home. A distinctive feature of the variety is the strong-smelling fruit.
- Indoor Murcott. Will delight its owner with one of the sweetest honey fruits. Unlike the previous variety, it requires much more care (watering should be especially high-quality).
- Early maturing Unshiu. One of the most productive varieties. The tree is small in size, but abundant foliage. It will delight a person not only with delicious fruits, but also with a decorative appearance.
- Popular Clementine. One of the wild types of mandarin, which will bloom only if the owner constantly grafts it. But the tangerine is one of the most unpretentious to care for.
If you start planting some other variety, then you only run the risk of wasting precious time and energy on a hopeless occupation. You may be able to grow a tree.
However, it is not a fact that it will actively bloom and bear fruit. In addition, many houseplant owners complain that tangerines from their own trees are simply impossible to eat.
The reason for the "inedibility" may lie in the wrong variety or poor care.
Proper seed preparation
If you decide to germinate a tangerine seed at home, then you will need to first perform several important procedures. The germination rate of mandarin seeds leaves much to be desired, so most professional flower growers recommend first soaking the seeds in plain water so that they swell properly. This increases the likelihood of biting.
The best option for this procedure is to use a regular gauze cloth. Just place the fabric on the table and put a few tangerine seeds in it.
We close the bag and spray it with a spray bottle. It is important to maintain a moist environment at all times so that the bones hatch as soon as possible.
But it is highly discouraged to dry the seed before planting!
Also, any florist can purchase a hydrogel in a specialized store and use it to grow indoor tangerine from a seed.
Just mix the composition with water, according to the instructions, and then place the orange seed in the swollen hydrogel. Try to center the seed as there is much less water near the edges.
The percentage of seed germination when using a hydrogel will be increased several times.
What kind of soil is needed?
How to properly plant a tangerine from a bone? You will need to use a quality substrate as citrus crops are very picky about this.
It is best to purchase a ready-made mixture in a specialized store. However, a more budgetary option is to prepare the soil with your own hands.
To do this, you need to mix 2 parts of leafy earth, 1 part of sand, and also add a little ash and humus.
It should be noted right away that when using land from the forest, it must be properly treated from pests. Even if you do not notice ticks or aphids in the soil, this does not mean that they did not have time to lay their eggs there.
For processing, it is best to use boiling water, properly pouring a container with a substrate with it. After that, it remains only to wait for it to dry and distribute the soil in containers in order to plant sprouted seeds in them.
Seed planting procedure
Have you ever wondered what will grow from a tangerine seed? If not, then it's time to find out by doing a little experiment at home.
It is easy to guess that the procedure for planting citrus seeds is practically no different from other plants.
It will be enough to make a small depression in the soil (about 1.5 centimeters), then place the sprouted bone there and sprinkle it with earth.
However, if you want to increase the percentage of seed germination, it is strongly recommended to cover the container with the planting material with a plastic bag, thereby forming a small greenhouse.
Just do not forget to regularly ventilate the seedlings and remove excess condensation, which will surely accumulate on the surface.
Otherwise, cold water will lead to the development of serious diseases.
What to do with the first shoots?
Answering the question of how to grow a tangerine from a stone at home, one cannot fail to note the fact that the timing of seedlings can be different (it all depends on the variety and conditions of detention).
In some cases, the first shoots appear within two weeks, and sometimes you have to wait a month or a month and a half.
We only recommend that you maintain the optimum soil temperature all this time, which ranges from 18 to 20 degrees for most varieties.
As soon as the first shoots appear, it is necessary to remove the greenhouse and put the containers on a sunny area. The best place would be a window sill with an east or west orientation.
If you decide to place the tangerine in the southern room, then be sure to create an additional shading source so that the light is diffused.
By the way, in some cases, two plants grow from one seed at once, so you can dive them without any problems.
Rules for caring for small tangerines
Growing a fruitful tangerine from a seed is not an easy task even for a professional grower. However, this does not mean that you cannot do this if you put in the proper effort. The most important thing is to follow the optimal citrus care guidelines.
- Watering. It is highly recommended to prepare the water in advance before pouring it into the substrate. Irrigation fluid should not contain harmful chemical elements, so it should be defended for about a day.
- Spraying. Mandarin, like most citrus crops, is extremely positive about humid air. Therefore, remember to use a spray bottle or steam generator from time to time.
- Lighting. In the summer, there shouldn't be any problems with this issue. But in winter, you may need an additional light source. It is best to use fluorescent lamps for this.
- Transfer. This procedure must be carried out without fail every year. If the root system does not feel comfortable, then flowering will not work.
- Fertilizers. Mandarin does not need additional feeding, however, during the flowering period, this procedure must be carried out without fail in order for the flowers to form into fruits.
And these are just the basic rules that must be followed in any case. More detailed care depends on the selected variety, as well as what exactly the grower wants to get from the plant. For example, if it is important for you to get a lush crown, then you will have to regularly prune old branches.
When to expect first fruiting?
Many people wonder how much tangerine grows from a seed before it starts bearing fruit.
However, the answer to it will directly depend on the quality of care of the crop and the variety that was planted. However, it should be noted right away that it will take a long time to wait for the first fruits.
In most cases, the first flowering appears at 3-4 years old, however, the fruits from the buds begin to form only at 4-5 years.
Although you can resort to a procedure called grafting to almost double the flowering process.
To do this, you will have to germinate another tangerine, using the same variety as before. Take care of the tree until the main stem is as thick as a pencil.
After that, it is necessary to cut off as many young shoots from it as possible and graft them onto an old tree.
In order for the procedure to be successful, a small "T" incision must be made at the base. Of course, you will have to use a very sharp object, such as a scalpel or a special garden blade, to do this.
We place the shoot between other young branches of the same size and fix it in any convenient way.
It is possible to achieve flowering of a mandarin from a stone without grafting by regularly spraying the culture with the preparation "Zdraven".
What diseases are dangerous for the plant?
In order for the tangerine on the windowsill from the stone to start bearing fruit, it will first need to be grown to an adult tree, which may not be so easy, given the risk of developing various diseases.
And although the plant has a fairly good immunity, it can still be subjected to one or another ailment.
In most cases, this is due to the fact that a person does not properly care for the culture.
- Root rot. This fungal infection in most cases develops due to improper watering. If there is an excess of moisture in the pot all the time, then sooner or later the roots of the plant will get sick and the tangerine will die. To prevent this from happening, you need to monitor the condition of the substrate, as well as use a drainage layer in the pot. Broken brick or expanded clay is best suited for this purpose.
- Powdery mildew. This bacterial disease most often occurs due to high humidity in combination with low temperatures. Although mandarin loves a subtropical microclimate, do not forget that the room should always be warm. Otherwise, gray spots will begin to form on the leaves, which can only be removed with the help of a proven fungicide.
- Gray rot. Another leaf disease that occurs due to too dry indoor air. As a rule, the development of a bacterial infection occurs in the winter season, when the heating season begins. That is why experienced florists do not recommend placing a tangerine tree near radiators and batteries. Trimming the leaves and treating the plant with fungicides will help to cope with the scourge.
Remember that the effectiveness of the treatment procedure directly depends on how quickly it was started.
For example, among flower growers, it is customary to believe that root rot is an incurable disease.
However, if a florist notices that his tangerine is growing somehow incorrectly, then he can prevent death. It will only be necessary to cut off the affected roots and transplant the tree into a new substrate.
What are the most dangerous parasites?
A flower grower who decides to start growing tangerine from seed at home should be aware of pests, whose activities can adversely affect the health of a green crop. Yes, you heard right.
Even in the house, dangerous insects can appear. In most cases, this occurs when using uncultivated land from the forest or after adding a new flower that has not been sanitized into the room with tangerine.
- Spider mite. The most common and one of the most dangerous parasites that affect not only vegetables, but also domestic crops. Due to the activity of small spiders, the tangerine grows extremely slowly or even dies altogether if the ticks develop a whole colony on it. To cope with the misfortune, you can use mechanical processing of the leaves (with a small number of pests), a solution of soap or a powerful insecticide.
- Shield. Another well-known pest, which in appearance is very similar to a convex oval plate. The main sign of the presence of a parasite on a plant is a viscous plaque that it releases during its life. If all insects are not destroyed in time, then sooner or later the plant will die. Mandarin processing is carried out using a solution of green soap (20 grams per 1 liter).
- Aphid. Despite the fact that this pest prefers to settle on vegetable crops most of all, it still does not disdain to suck the juices from a citrus plant. The main problem is that aphids reproduce rather quickly, therefore, if insects are found, it should not be delayed with processing. It is best to immediately apply a bio-based insecticide or make a tincture of tobacco (40 grams of dry plant per liter of water).
We hope you now know more about growing tangerines from seed at home. Yes, to grow a tree that will produce delicious fruits, you will have to try hard. However, mandarin also looks good as an ornamental crop. So match your desires with skills and give care to your green pets all the time. Well, if you still have questions about how to grow a tangerine at home, then be sure to watch the video above. Good luck!
Growing a tangerine from a bone at home
Have you ever seen a tangerine grown at home? In fact, getting small, juicy, sweet fruits from this tree is possible, the main thing is a little patience, attention and effort. How to grow a tangerine from a bone at home with fruits? The answer to this question will be discussed in detail in this article.
Growing a tangerine from a bone at home with fruits
How to grow tangerine - features of an exotic plant
As many know, tangerine is an exotic plant with a wonderful smell, characterized by easy care and rapid growth.
In the spring, with the beginning of life, the tangerine tree begins to bloom actively, filling the house with beautiful, graceful white flowers. Of course, getting a small tree is not easy as it requires constant effort.
But after a few years you will be full of pride and joy for the resulting plant.
Important! Reproduction of the tangerine tree is possible in two ways: vegetatively and with the help of seeds. The first option allows you to get a fruitful tree, and the second - an ornamental plant that will only decorate your interior with green, bright leaves.
Therefore, if you decide to grow a plant to get fruit, then you need to learn more about the grafting method in more detail.
For those who just wanted to get a good, beautiful flower, it is enough to use seeds.
The tangerine tree has some requirements for growing - it will not grow on the north side, it does not tolerate being close to poisonous plants and does not need constant watering.
Tangerine from a stone with fruits - rules of cultivation
So, first you need to prepare the seeds of the tangerine tree. They are sold in all specialty stores, but you can make them yourself.
When buying a tangerine from a market or store, try to choose the ripe, juicy and healthy fruit.
After removing all the pulp from the seeds, rinse the planting material thoroughly, spread it on a dry towel and leave to dry for about two days.
After that, the seeds need to be soaked in order to speed up the process of their pecking. For this, the seeds are placed in a small bowl and lightly poured with warm water. From above, the seeds are covered with a cotton cloth. Want to have not one but two tangerine trees? Then try to use as many seeds as possible anyway, as not all of them will eventually germinate.
Once you see the seeds have spilled, it's time to transplant them outdoors. Before planting, it is important to soak the cuts in a weak solution of Magrantzovka for disinfection. Now you should prepare a nutritious soil, which plays a major role in getting a good, beautiful plant.
Mandarin reacts poorly to peat, since this product contributes to soil acidification. Peat is found in almost all ready-made mixtures that are sold in specialized stores, so you can only get suitable soil with your own hands: turf soil, leafy soil, humus and a little sand.
At the bottom of the container, you need to lay out a small drainage system in the form of expanded clay or large rubble.
Tangerine care at home
Once you plant your seeds outdoors, they need good maintenance. The plant should not be placed in a very dark place, flooded with water and create drafts. In addition, it is important to fulfill the following requirements regarding:
- Fertilizer. Top dressing is a prerequisite for the full, normal growth of a tangerine tree. For this, both mineral and organic dressings are suitable. You should be extremely careful with the latter, since they are often the cause of pests and dangerous insects.
- Transplants. When should you replant a tangerine tree? It is recommended to do this every year, choosing a pot corresponding to the root system. As soon as the age of the mandarin reaches 10 years, the plant can be transplanted every two or three years.
- Location. Since the southern countries are considered the homeland of the plant, it is important to create the most suitable conditions at home. The tangerine tree does not like shade, so it is worth placing it on the south side. Direct sunlight can harm the leaves, causing the plant to die or start to hurt. A better solution is to create a soft, diffused light that will have a beneficial effect on the tangerine state.
- Temperature. In summer, mandarin can withstand large temperature fluctuations, while in winter, the air temperature should not be allowed to drop below +14 degrees.
- Humidity. Mandarin loves regular, abundant watering, does not tolerate drought. The leaves of the plant immediately suffer from a lack of moisture, which become frail and sick. You can also periodically spray the tree and wipe it with a damp cloth.
So now you know how to grow a tangerine from a seed at home with fruits... We hope that our tips will help you achieve your goal and enjoy a beautiful, exclusive plant.
How to care and maintain
A small citrus tree feels quite comfortable at home. They plant it, as a rule, in ordinary flower pots, which are placed on window sills and loggias. And, if you create the right conditions for a room tangerine, then the tree will delight its owner not only with its appearance and flowering, but also with fruits.
Although the bright fruits of calamondin differ from store-bought tangerines in their sour taste, their decorative value is great. And with proper care, a tropical tree can bloom and bear fruit for a whole year.
When choosing a place for growing calamondin at home, preference should be given to a bright room with diffused sunlight, since this tree is quite light-loving. It is better to avoid direct rays of the sun on the plant so that this does not adversely affect its well-being. Growing calamondin is also possible in a dimly lit room. However, in this case, the fruits can not be expected. Considering the most comfortable place, a window sill on the west or east side in summer and in the north in winter would be ideal.
Calamondin can be taken out into the fresh air during the warm season.The tree will be able to feel for a while in its natural environment, which will not adversely affect its condition. At the same time, it is worth choosing a place on the street in partial shade or not under the scorching sun, so that further growing and caring for the tree is not complicated by the consequences of "sunburn": yellowing leaves that will quickly fall off. The fruits that will be on the tree can also suffer from excess sun color.
Calamondin is a frost-resistant plant, but, despite this, at home it will feel good at moderate temperatures. During the summer months, it can be from 22 to 25 degrees, while in winter it is better to keep the thermometer readings in the range of 10 to 15 degrees.
Simply put, the cultivation of calamondin in the summer can be carried out on a light windowsill, and in the winter, rearrange the pot to the loggia. If a tangerine indoor tree is dormant for a rather long period, then it can be "awakened" by increasing the temperature in the room. The reaction to this will be intense plant growth and possibly even flowering.
Those who are little familiar with such a tropical tree are unlikely to know that its cultivation, first of all, depends on watering. Therefore, you should first plan the moisture regime of the plant. Such a tree actively grows at home from the beginning of spring to the onset of autumn, often this period coincides with the stage of flowering and the appearance of fruits. Therefore, it is in this interval that it is necessary to provide the most comfortable care: in the summer you need to water calamondin every day, in the winter, at rest, it should be watered very rarely, for example, only once a week.
However, the amount and regularity of watering depends on the temperature in the room where the indoor tangerine grows. Let's say that in winter there is no way to move the plant to a cooler room, and it is left on the same windowsill. In this case, the heated battery is located under the flower. This means that the tree will need to be watered in the same way as in the summer.
Overall, caring for Calamondin is very simple. The main thing is not to flood the soil in which the tree grows in order to prevent root rot and the appearance of fungus. It is much easier for a plant to survive a drought. You can leave the tree without watering even for several months, and it will not die. But the appearance of the plant will suffer, and the flowering and fruits will have to be postponed.
Reproduction of calamodnin is also quite acceptable at home. Like other citrus varieties, a dwarf tangerine tree can be grown in one of the following ways:
- bones, which are directly planted in the ground
- cuttings in the form of twigs, which have 2-3 buds.
Quite often the first method is found, when a seed is expected to germinate, planted in a light nutritious soil. Although it is more difficult and longer, it seems to many to be simple. However, this method necessarily includes grafting, which should be carried out before the onset of the next flowering.
If the care of the grafted calamondin is correct, then it will take root and take root very quickly.
And how a tropical tree can grow at home, you can see from the photo.
Reproduction by cuttings occurs in the following sequence:
- the cut stalk is dipped for a while in a special solution
- planted in the ground
- covered with a cut part of a plastic bottle or glass jar
- with the appearance of new leaves, the bottle is removed.
- Further care for this tree is the same as growing an adult plant.
To form a crown of the correct shape, as well as for the plant to give more young shoots, it is recommended to prune. Spring is the right time for this. Pruning typically affects one third of the growth. The more new branches grow, the more fruits there will be on the tree.
The taste of the calamondine fruit is, of course, sour than the tangerine. But the juice of home-grown fruits can be used like lemon juice, adding it to tea.