Clementine

Citrus reticulata

Mandarin, Tangerine, Swatow Orange, Culate Mandarin, Mandarin Orange

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A clementine is a hybrid between a Mediterranean Citrus x Deliciosa and a sweet orange. The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance. Clementines can be separated into 7-14 segments and they are easy to peel. They are almost always seedless when grown commercially (without cross-pollination), and therefore are sometimes known as seedless tangerines. The clementine is also occasionally referred to as the Moroccan clementine. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

A full-sized, ready to pick clementine fruit should be cut with a citrus scecateur or sharp knife. When plucking clementines, don’t pick those that feel hard. A ripe clementine emits sweet and tart orange odor, but often the whole peel is not orange yet!

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds 1.2 cm deep and graft or bud other selections or cultivars on when stem is about 1-1.5cm

Special features

Pot plant

Use a large pot!

Special features

Origin

Algeria or China

Natural climate

Subtropical coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The fruits are edible and known as an easy-peeler

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Wash away ants, aphids and other insect pests with a forceful spray of water.

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