How to grow Clementine tree

Clementine tree growing tree of the genus citrus also known as Clementina or Clementines oranges, Clementine tree is hybrid between orange and mandarin. Clementine tree grow as perennial evergreen, some cultivars with thorns, it can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+ and in the right care overwinter in hardiness zone 8b.

Leaves color green in elliptic, flowers color white with five petals the stamens color is yellow.

Clementine tree fruit

Fruit size ~4-6 cm’ and color is orange, it can be sweet, sour or something in between. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer), some cultivars are seedless. Rind color orange sometimes green-orange, rind is edible but sometimes little bitter also used as flavor and fragrant

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How to grow growing condition Clementine tree  care:

How to grow:
Warm climate, more than -2C better but can survive colder, well-drained soil, better loamy soil

How to care:
Design because of the thorns easy to pick the fruits, add to the soil, organic matter, hummus and fertilizer

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Cutting, air layering

Is it necessary to graft?
Yes, necessary to ensure the quality of the fruits, size, taste, amount of juice and amount of seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, fruits explode

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 8b-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b, all the year in hardiness zone 11, better not to plant it in the hot summer days

How to plant:
Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 20-40%, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the tree and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant the tree and cover it and don’t push the soil too much strong but not too much lightly because it won’t be stable, after this put mulch to keep moist on soil, put water, for the next two weeks put every day (better in the morning) , better to take that the tree will be stable, and if not support it with bamboo or a stick that it won’t fall.

Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis

Pruning season:
End of the winter, beginning of the spring

How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, density branch grown

Size of the plant – How big do clementine trees get:
3-6 m, 10-20 feet, but possible to grow it as dwarf or bonsai

Growth speed:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun and possible to grow in half shade in the right care

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant (indoor)?
No, but when grow it on the window as dwarf tree, but it will take more time to get fruits

Growing also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to choose the desirable container if it’s small plant it directly if it’s a big container bigger than 30%-50% than the root ball, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, better to switch the soil once in few years soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when it’s not possible to switch all the soil just part of the soil in the side of the roots (don’t afraid from root cutting), it will bear fruits also in 5-10gallon (40 liter) container (but bigger is better), drainage it’s important and need to make holes and to use peat soil and maybe some lava grit in the bottom or something like that, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry in the same day, better to grow as dwarf tree or to grow it as bonsai.

How long does it take to grow Clementines in container
3-5, and need to graft it takes more time in container than in the soil, with the right care can be faster

Blooming information

When does bloom?
Spring / winter

General information about the flower:
Flowers are white with yellow stamen

Pollination is done by:
Bees, self-pollination

Thinning the bloom:
If the fruit exploding needed to thinning and also 2 first years should thinning the flowers,

Edible Fruit

When does yield:
Winter, Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, alternaria, fruit explode lace of water

What can be done with big quantities of Clementine fruits?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind

Work requirements on the fruit:
Add more water if the fruit exploding, pick up (sometimes cut branches that grow into the fruit)

How long does it take a clementine tree to produce fruit:
2-3 years, depend it will take more time to get fruits when start from seeds or not grafted tree

Ripening of fruit:
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house

How to grow a Clementines tree from seed

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, hot weather and better in sunny location

Saving and care seeds until sowing:
Dry, dark location in room temperature

Sowing season:
Spring to early summer (possible in the autumn)

Planting spacing:
Better in separate pots

Depth of Sowing:
2cm (1inches)

How to plant clementine seeds

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Don’t let it dry, rich soil and sunny location

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
If there is Citrus leaf miner in one of the trees in the area better to put it in greenhouse or indoor

Scientific name:

Citrus × clementina

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