If you reside in a cold or frost-prone area, the mandarin tree is best suited for Mediterranean or tropical climates. However, you have the ideal option of using pots, as they allow for easy relocation indoors.
This fruit has anti-inflammatory properties that help in the treatment of ulcers , intestinal and digestive problems . Also, it contains natural antioxidants and is among the most beneficial fruits for the lungs .
– How to sow tangerines
- Purchase mandarin orange seeds or use the seeds from a mandarin orange . If you decide to do the latter, make sure you wash the seeds well and pat them dry .
- Choose a good quality potting soil mix that contains compost , peat moss or perlite .
- Fill the pot with that soil and make sure the pot has good drainage .
- Give your soil a good amount of water before planting and let it dry in the sun until the soil is just moist .
- Sow 2 – 3 seeds in the middle of the pot and cover with 1/2 inch of soil .
- Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag to promote rapid seed germination .
- Place the pot in a warm place .
- Water making sure the soil is always moist , but not wet .
- As soon as the seedlings emerge, remove the plastic bag .
- Move the pot to a bright spot with direct sunlight and a temperature of at least 70ºF .
- Once the seedlings have leaves, transplant them into a larger pot 4 – 6 inches in diameter.
– How to care for tangerines
- Water regularly , making sure the soil is always moist .
- Fertilize monthly to feed your plant . We recommend a liquid, acid-based fertilizer .
- As your mandarin tree grows you will need to transplant it into a larger pot .
- If you live in a warm climate you can transplant outdoors in spring .
Once your mandarin tree has grown large enough, place some supports around it , or even a wooden box to encourage upward growth and not sideways .