Orangequat growing tree of the genus citrus also known as Nippon Orangequat, Orangequat grow as shrub or tree perennial evergreen with thorns also used as ornamental plant. It can grow in subtropical or mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9-12, and with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 8.
Leaves color green in elliptic shape.
Flower color white petals and yellow stamen with five petals.
Fruit color orange in bell to drop shape, taste sour with little bit bitter, fruit size ~2 -4 cm and. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer), peel color orange and also edible eaten raw, also used as flavor and fragrant
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How to grow Orangequat growing and care:
Well drained, prune one a year
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – explanation bellow / Cutting
Is it necessary to graft reproduction?
Yes, in order to get fruits
Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, thorns
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 8-10a, spring or autumn hardiness zone 10b-11a, possible also in summer and winter the main problem it’s hot and cold days that might cause future problem and even kill the plant, hardiness zone 11b+ planted all year
Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis
When there is no fruits on the branch
How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much density
Size of the plant?
1-4 m, (3-12 feet)
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to make or take dwarf tree or bonsai, even bonsai can bear fruits, need to use potting soil or mix of peat soil with perlite, drainage and holes in the pot important, don’t let the water stand in the bottom of the pot, need ever few years to switch the soil of the pot and better to start with pot that will be 20% bigger than the roots ball and every time to change it with new soil, no point that the soil will stay in the pot for no reason just lose the viability
Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower
White petals with yellow stamen
Thinning the bloom:
The first year should thinning the flowers
Pollination is done by:
Bees, self polination
Fruit harvest season:
Autumn / Winter
Fruits pests or diseases:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria
What can be done with big quantities of Orangequat fruits?
Eat, juice, peel used as: fragrant, fruit leather, sugary peel
Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut brunches that grow into the fruit)
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house