Clementine or mandarin is a wonderful citrus fruit to grow at home.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Citrus reticulata
Family : Rutaceae
Type : Tree fruit tree
Height : 5 to 6 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich enough
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : Summer -Harvest : Winter
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Maintenance, pruning and watering are all actions that contribute to the proper development of the tree and the fruiting of clementines or tangerines.
In our climates, growing Clementine in the ground is only possible in areas where it does not freeze in winter.
Otherwise, prefer growing clementine in pots that you can shelter during the colder months.
Clementine in the ground:
It is recommended to plant the Clementine atfall or spring.
You will plant it in a sunny spot sheltered from the wind so that it will have the best possible yield.
The cultivation in the ground is only possible in regions wherewinter is mild.
Further north, you will plant it in a pot to be able to put it in a cool place, but frost-free during the cooler months.
- Check out our planting tips.
Clementine in pot:
It is quite possible to grow Clementine in a pot, on a terrace or balcony.
On the other hand, it will be necessary to provide a bright shelter in winter, such as an unheated greenhouse to protect it from frost.
If you live in the Mediterranean, it should survive outdoors in winter as long as it is sheltered from the wind.
For the pot culture of the mandarin tree, refer to the sheet dedicated to the potted orange tree because it’s exactly the same.
Pruning and maintenance of the Clementine tree
No pruning is really necessary in the clementine tree, but it can improve the harvest of clementines.
- Delete it dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree after fruiting.
- Clementine is fairly resistant to negative temperatures, up to -8 ° depending on the variety, but beware, prolonged frosts could doom it.
Clementine in winter
In Mediterranean climate you can grow it and leave it outside in winter.
Outside, know that it is resistant to negative temperatures down to -8 °.
The ideal is to use a wintering veil which will allow you to better understand these negative temperatures and frosts.
If you grow in pot, it is best to place it in an unheated greenhouse or veranda in order to protect from frost while giving it the freshness it needs during winter.
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- On the kitchen side: 3 delicious recipes made with clementines
To know about the Clementine
Very beautiful tree of the citrus family such as orange or lemon, the clementine has the advantage of being a little more resistant to low temperatures and different diseases.
It was Father Clément, a French missionary, who encouraged the development of this fruit in France at the beginning of the 20th century and it is therefore from him that the name of this tree comes.
It is mainly cultivated in the Mediterranean region, but it tolerates certain less mild climates, especially when it is well sheltered from the wind and protected from the cold in winter.
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A mulching light summer will allow it to maintain a little humidity and thus limit watering.
To read also on citrus fruits:
- All citrus fruits: advice, maintenance
- Health benefits and virtues of clementine