Clementine tree for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible fruit, planting in early spring to autumn, better to buy grafted tree but also possible tree that wasn’t grafted or another option to start from seeds yet more challenging.
What is Clementine tree? – Clementine tree is the result of a cross between Mandarin orange tree and bitter orange tree. The hybrid has less or need seeds in the fruit. The fruits are easy to peal, slightly acidic with a sweet taste.
Growing from seeds – Remove the seeds from the fruit. Wash thoroughly with clean lukewarm water, any residues of fruit would cause the seeds to have mold. Soak the seeds overnight in water. It will increase the chances for the seeds to germinate. Place the seeds in a cold place or refrigerator until you’re ready to plant them. Plant each seed into a 10cm (4inches) pot. After digging a small hole, place the seed 1cm (0.4inch) deep into the soil. Cover the seed with the soil. Then gently moisten the soil with water. Cover the flowerpot with plastic wrap. Place the pot inside next to a bright window or on a balcony that will receive direct sunlight every day. Remove the plastic bag once the seedling sprouts. It should take one month to one month and a half .Water the seedling to avoid the soil dry out. Continue to water the seedling once a week. Transplant the small tree into a larger pot once the roots are well established.
Soil – Potting soil with sandy soil is the best with a neutral pH balance.
Light – Clementine tree needs partial sunlight.
Temperature – If the temperature is lower than 5°C (41°F), the tree will start to suffer. In this situation, put it in a container indoor.
Harvesting – You can harvest season from autumn until early spring. Clementine is highly productive tree so if the branches become too much heavy and start to bend over the weight remove enough fruits the branches won’t fall. The fruit must ripen on the tree, as it doesn’t ripen outside. To know if the clementine fruit is ready for harvest, taste one fruit. If the fruit is sweet and juicy, it is time to harvest the tree. Cut the stems and take care when removing the fruit not to damage the skin. Damaged fruit will rot quickly.
Pruning – Cut off dead and broken branches at any time. For a bigger pruning, proceed at the end of the winter or at the early spring. Remove leaves and branches that do not fit the general shape of the tree. Also it is important to air the tree after fructification.