Chinese tangerines


Chinese mandarins need a sufficient water supply for proper plant development. For plants grown inside pots and containers we will adjust by sticking a finger into the earth and checking if it is dry only on the surface or even in depth. The substrate should remain moist without getting soggy. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the complete outflow of excess water by checking that there are holes in the bottom of the vessel. For Chinese mandarins grown directly in the home, however, we will need to ensure constant and regular watering, especially during the first phase of growth. In spring, seasonal atmospheric precipitation could be sufficient but if the rains were to wait for more than a week it would be necessary to intervene to support. With the’

How to cultivate

Chinese mandarins can also be grown from seed but the practice is longer and more difficult. So we use a plant purchased at a nursery or in a shop dedicated to gardening. The Chinese mandarin is also called kumquat or fortunella and there are slightly different varieties on the market. Although it is not a plant of European origin but Asian, the Chinese mandarins that we find for sale are now well adapted to our climate. Repotting should be done approximately every 3 years or in any case when the plant becomes too big compared to the container. Periodically we will power the Chinese mandarin to give a more orderly shape and to stimulate new and healthy vegetation. The best time to do this is May,

Fertilization and soil

The Chinese mandarin prefers a loose soil that ensures excess water runs out completely. Therefore it will be necessary to check the presence of the holes in the lower part of the vase. When we repot the plant we will fertilize with a natural product or with a nitrogen fertilizer. In this way the plant will be stimulated to recover more quickly. Even during flowering it may be indicated to administer fertilizer to make the fruits develop better. If we have decided to grow Chinese mandarins directly in the vegetable garden or in the garden, we must first prepare the planting land. We’ll do a deep hoeing and digging, adding mature manure and homemade compost. We will cover with more soil and let it absorb until it is possible to transplant the Chinese mandarin.

Chinese Mandarins: Climate and Diseases

The Chinese mandarin also adapts to our climate, as long as the summer guarantees the right amount of radiation. We will place the pot in a sunny location, trying to avoid places that are too exposed to winds, especially those that are cold in winter. The Chinese mandarin bears temperatures around zero as long as it is well sheltered, perhaps using a non-woven cloth that can be purchased in specialized gardening stores. In the regions of southern Italy it can be successfully cultivated even in the open field, while for northern Italy it is recommended to grow in pots, so as to be able to move the container to a warmer place, as is done for lemons. . The Chinese mandarin can be attacked by fungal and parasitic diseases and by cochineal. To combat it, it is sufficient to buy a specific mineral oil.

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