Chinese mandarin

The watering

The newly purchased Chinese mandarin seedling obviously needs more attention in terms of water supply. We will try to avoid the jolts as much as possible, watering before the earth dries up completely. We will be able to stick a finger in the ground to check if it is dry only on the surface. When the plant is adult, we will intensify the operations in conjunction with flowering and subsequent fruiting, to encourage better development, with juicier and tastier fruits. The outdoor plant of the Chinese mandarin should only be watered when it is really needed. During the spring, in fact, the normal atmospheric precipitations could be more than enough. The plant also tolerates short periods of drought, as long as they do not extend beyond 15 days.

How to take care of it

Growing from seeds is not recommended, unless you want to obtain a specific variety of Chinese mandarin by knowing in depth gardening techniques. It is much more common to buy an adult specimen, perhaps already loaded with fruit, from the nursery or the trusted shop. For the cultivation inside the pots we can choose a container larger than the one in which it is contained, put the other soil and arrange the plant with the whole stick of earth. Repotting should be done in spring, when the Chinese mandarin is in the resting vegetative phase. For the transplant, however, we will make an adequately deep hole to house the plant. Preferably we will have to do this in the winter.

Ideal terrain

The Chinese mandarin can be grown inside the pot in which it is sold to us. When the plant is too big we will choose another container where we will put some soil mixed with fertilizer to favor the vegetative restart. As for open field cultivation, however, we will have to make sure that the land is fertile enough. We will prepare the soil well in advance by digging vigorously to a depth of at least 50cm. We will try to make the substrate light, if necessary by adding soil and sand. The earth must guarantee optimal drainage, i.e. atmospheric precipitation, even if abundant, must not create dangerous puddles. We will enrich the land with organic fertilizer or mature manure mixed with well-decomposed compost.

Chinese Mandarin: Climate and Adversity

The Chinese mandarin, although it is a plant that, as the name suggests, is not native to Italy, adapts well to our climate. We will be able to cultivate it in all regions of Italy by following a few simple precautions. In the south we can plant it directly at home without particular problems. In northern Italy and in the hilly areas, however, it is better to keep it in pots, in order to shelter it when the winter gets very cold. The Chinese mandarin also resists temperatures of a few degrees below zero, as long as it is protected with a non-woven fabric sheet. The ideal location would be in full sun, where direct radiation arrives throughout the day. The plant is quite resistant to attack by parasites and only the cochineal can be a frequent problem,

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