Owari Mandarin Tree

$75

Description

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Cold Hardy, Clementine-like Oranges

Why Owari Mandarin Trees?

Our Owari Mandarin Tree is one-of-a-kind, growing anywhere in the country as a patio plant and withstanding brief temperature drops down to 12 to 15 degrees. With the Owari, you get sweet, delicious oranges, no matter where it’s planted.

And because it’s the cold hardiest orange tree, you’re not limited to location in growing the Owari Mandarins, also known as Satsumas. Basically, they can be grown anywhere, whether you grow them outdoors or in a container to bring inside during chilly weather.

Plus, they’re drought tolerant and easy to grow. You’ve probably bought these at the grocery store and didn’t even realize it. They look, taste and peel just like clementines  it’s difficult to tell them apart. Though you’ll find that they’re very sweet and even better than store-bought: Our Owaris are easy to peel and have very few seeds.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Choose a location where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight – 6 to 8 hours per day is best. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity, so you may also need to create humidity for your tree by misting the leaves daily with water.

If your winter temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees, plant your tree in a container that can easily be brought outside in the summer months and inside for the winter. Choose a pot slightly larger than what it was shipped in (1 to 2 pot sizes) that has plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil preferably recommended for acid loving citrus plants.

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2. Watering: Set a weekly watering schedule for best results. After watering, allow the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

But for potted Mandarin Trees, it’s easiest to stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When you’re ready to water, stop once you see water escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.

3. Pollination: Simply take a small, dry, fine-tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit will begin to form.

4. Fertilizing: Feed your Mandarin Tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus-specific fertilizer once every six weeks. Espoma Citrus Tone is highly recommended but any organic fertilizer specifically for citrus should suffice. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2 to 3 months.

5. Pruning: Prune ground-planted Mandarins in any season (except for winter) by making 45-degree angle cuts to remove dead or crossing limbs and also to thin out the tree to allow more light. After the tree fruits, remove any dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree. Remove suckers as they form/grow from the base. Pruning can be done at any time of the year for the potted Mandarin.

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