Growing mandarins at home is a great option for those with a passion for gardening or who want to ensure they eat fruit free of pesticides and chemicals.
Few people know that it’s possible to grow mandarins at home, despite the limited space available. In any case, it’s important to bear in mind that mandarin trees can grow up to two meters tall.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, mandarins have a very pleasant aroma. The fruit is rich in vitamins C and B, as well as carotene and citric acid. Below, we explain how to grow mandarins in pots.
The first thing to do is to obtain a few tangerine seeds and wash them well to remove the remains of the fruit pulp. It’s best to take the seeds from a ripe fruit. Dry the seeds well with absorbent paper.
The pot should be about 30 centimetres high, and the soil of good quality, i.e. rich in macro- and micronutrients. Plant the seeds about 3 centimetres deep, then moisten the soil lightly. The plant will take about 3-4 weeks to germinate.
Place the pot in a sunny corner of the house. Although this is a cold-resistant tree, it needs plenty of sun.
The mandarin plant needs large quantities of water. Don’t forget to ensure good drainage for the plant too. During the first few weeks, water about 3 times a week, after which you should do so whenever the soil is dry to the touch.
The mandarin tree can bear its first fruit after a year.