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Growing tangerine

Fertilize trees beginning the first spring after planting. Use a citrus fertilizer, applied according to the manufacturer’s suggested rates. Divide the suggested yearly application into thirds, making the one-third applications in March, May and June. Apply the fertilizer over the root zone rather than at the base of the trunk.

The tangerine tree (Citrus reticulata) is a variety of mandarin that produces small, thin-skinned fruit similar to an orange. Tangerines are evergreen and grow about 10 to 15 feet tall, although old trees can reach 25 feet. The trees need full sun and well-draining soil. A southern exposure is best for planting to allow maximum sunlight for fruit production and warmer temperatures to protect from frost. Grow tangerine trees in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.
Prune only as needed to remove dead, damaged or diseases branches, suckers, water sprouts and branches that cross over other branches. Prune in early spring after the last frost but before new growth appears. Make cuts with a pruning saw just outside the branch collar to remove whole limbs. Cut 6 inches into healthy wood to remove partial limbs. Make the cuts at a 45-degree angle 1/4-inch outside a bud, leaf node or lateral branch.

Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost mulch starting 12 inches from the trunk and ending about 12 inches past the drip zone. Re-apply the mulch each spring.
Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Set the tree in the center of the hole and loosen any compacted roots from the ball. Back-fill the hole until the top inch of the roots is above the soil surface. Water the tree and fill in any air pockets as the soil settles. Space multiple trees at least 10 feet apart.
Water enough to keep soil moist but not wet for the first two years. In the summer, this may be twice a week. Water young trees about 12 inches deep near the trunk and over the root zone. Reduce watering as the tree matures, allowing the top 2 inches of soil to dry before watering older trees to a depth of 2 to 3 feet.
Tangerines have red-orange peels and plenty of seeds.
Dig or till 2 to 4 inches of compost into the soil before planting, especially if the soil is mostly clay or sand.

Remove any fruit that appears before the third year of growth to allow the tree to concentrate its energy on developing a strong root system and canopy. Thin heavy crops of tangerines to keep the heavy fruit from snapping branches if it appears that there is more fruit than the tree can bear.

The tangerine tree (Citrus reticulata) is a variety of mandarin that produces small, thin-skinned fruit similar to an orange. Tangerines are evergreen and grow about 10 to 15 feet tall, although old trees can reach 25 feet. The trees need full sun and well-draining soil. A southern exposure is best for planting to …

Growing tangerine

Plant two or three seeds in the pot. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of potting mixture.

How to Start a Tangerine Tree From a Seed
Cover the pot with clear plastic, or slide the pot into a plastic bag. The plastic promotes germination by keeping the potting mixture warm and moist.

Place the pot in a warm location such as the top of a refrigerator or other appliance. Light is not important at this stage.
Repot the seedlings into individual, 4- to 6-inch pots when the seedlings have a pair of true leaves, which are the leaves that appear after the initial seedling leaves. Continue to keep the potting soil lightly moist.
With its deep green foliage, tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is an attractive tree that grows well indoors in cool climates, outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. Growing a tangerine tree from seed is an interesting project, especially for kids as the seeds germinate easily and develop into attractive trees. However, most tangerine trees grown from seed never grow large enough to blossom and develop fruit.
Water the potting mixture and then set the pot aside to drain until the mixture is lightly moist but not soggy.
Remove the plastic covering as soon as the seedlings emerge. Move the pot into a location with bright, indirect sunlight and room temperatures of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid direct sunlight, which may scorch the tangerine seedlings.

Feed the tangerine tree monthly throughout spring and summer, using a liquid, acid-based fertilizer for rhododendrons or azaleas. Mix the fertilizer at half the strength suggested on the container.

With its deep green foliage, tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is an attractive tree that grows well indoors in cool climates, outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. Growing a tangerine tree from seed is an interesting project, especially for kids as the seeds germinate easily and …