Calamondin, or calamondino, is an indoor orange tree that adapts very well to the heated interior of our homes.
Last name : Citrus mitis
Family : Rutaceae
Height : 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Soil
Foliage : Persistent
Fruiting : November to March
Planting and repotting, maintenance, watering and pruning, are all things that will help you to have a very beautiful calamondin.
Plant, repot a calamondin
Calamondino in pot:
It is recommended to plant the calamondin in a mixture of potting soil possibly enriched with a fertilizer.
- The pot must be hole at the bottom to prevent the roots from stagnating in the water.
Ideally, place a layer of gravel, clay balls or pebbles at the bottom of the pot to make sure that the excess water drains well to the bottom.
Allow a layer of 3 to 4 cm.
Plan a repotting in a pot of slightly larger diameter every 2 to 3 years.
- Repotting is done in the spring or late summer.
- Follow our advice to repot your calamondin well
It will only grow in the ground in areas with a Mediterranean or tropical climate.
In this case, mix your garden soil with planting potting soil and make sure your soil is well drained.
Otherwise, dig a little deeper hole and put a layer of pebbles, gravel, sand or clay balls at the bottom.
- Multiplication of calamondin by layering.
Maintenance of calamondin
For a citrus fruit, caring for calamondin is relatively easy.
No pruning is really necessary.
To rebalance the calamondin's silhouette, trim lightly after repotting in the spring.
Repot the calamondin:
Repotting every 2 years or so is recommended.
Do this preferably in late winter or in the spring after flowering and fruiting.
Otherwise, do it at the end of summer.
Have beautiful fruits:
The addition of a special citrus fertilizer considerably improves the quality of the fruits and the beauty of the foliage.
- Mealybugs, whitish down on the foliage: fight against mealybugs
- Strengthen the resistance of your calamondin by adding fertilizer
Watering the calamondin
Indoors, water regularly, but not excessively as soon as the soil is dry.
- You may increase the doses in spring and in summer especially on a hot day.
- In winter, wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters between 2 waterings.
To know about the calamondin
The calamondino is a small fruit shrub that gives edible fruits, but so sour that they are somewhat indigestible.
It is often chosen as houseplant.
If you can, it is good to take out your calamondin after any risk of frost, from spring until the end of summer.
Indoors, you will install it in a bright place, but avoiding the sun during the hottest hours.
Also avoid the direct proximity of a radiator.
Regular intake of citrus fertilizer will improve flowering and fruiting.
- All citrus : advice, maintenance