Calamondin Orange Tree
Citrus mitis 'Calamondin'
Grow your very own oranges with our Citrus 'Calamondin' Tree! These self-pollinating, small shrubs will look amazing both inside and outside your home.
The citrus fruit that they produce is a hybrid between a kumquat and a mandarin orange.
Growing pot size: 21cm (please buy a pot/basket for size 22cm and up, due to the shape of the growing pot)
Overall plant height including growing pot: 70-80cm
Key Benefits — Easy to care for and healthy!
Drought tolerant, Calamondins are the easiest to care for citrus trees.
They grow perfumed flowers that bloom into juicy golf-ball sized edible orange fruits.
The fruit can be used in a variety of cooking and skin-care recipes and brings a number of health benefits including;
- Controlling cholesterol levels,
- Improving respiratory health,
- Detoxifying the body,
- Preventing oral problems
Plant Care Tips: Calamondin Orange Tree
- Calamondin trees can grow indoors and in shade but they thrive if grown in full sun.
- They prefer warmer temperatures, from 21°C to 32°C and will struggle below 12°C. In colder months, it’s a good idea to bring them inside and keep them in well-heated rooms. Place the plant by the window to receive light.
- Water thoroughly once or twice a week, be more generous during extended dry periods. Do not soak it. Make sure the soil is dry to the depth of 1 inch between waterings.
- Feed it during the growing season with full strength, water-soluble fertiliser.
- Wipe any dusty leaves with a clean cloth to avoid infections.
- Harvest the fruit with clippers or scissors to avoid damaging the stem. They are best eaten soon after harvest or refrigerated immediately.
The Calamondin Orange Tree Story
The plant is more suited to warm climates but it can also grow in cool, frost-free areas. It lives well when planted in containers.
Where is it from?
Citrus mitis naturally grow in the south of Asia.
Although introduced to North Americans around 1900, they only started being exported to the US in the early 60s for use as houseplants. From then, their popularity started to grow worldwide.
Who is the Calamondin Orange Tree?
- Also known as Calamandarin, Calamansi, Chinese Orange, Golden Lime and calamonding.
- It’s a small, bushy, evergreen tree, and it belongs to the Rutaceae (Rue family).
- Its foliage remains green throughout the year.
Good For You!
- Produce: Plants that produce fruit and flowers give us proof of our nurturing efforts. Seeing the direct impact of caring for a living thing can help us feel confident, and capable of tackling the bigger challenges in our lives.
- Healthy: Calamondin is a very versatile fruit, traditionally it has been used as shampoo, body deodorant, treatment for skin irritation and cough medicine.
Is The Calamondin Orange Tree The Right Plant For Me?
An easy to care for and tough plant, it will suit even the most inexperienced plant lover if the care tips are followed correctly.
Remember that citrus trees like warmer temperatures so, if you live in a colder area, you need to bring it indoors and keep it in a well-heated room.
Something to be aware of is that, if you eat too much of its fruit during pregnancy, you can trigger heartburn.
Pets: Best kept away from nibbly pets.
How tall does it grow?
It can grow as high as 10-20 feet, but it’s very unlikely as an indoor plant with the correct pruning.
Your new Calamondin Orange Tree
You can eat the fruit raw, but it’s very tart. They are best used to make cold drinks, spices and marmalade.
There are a few things we’d like you to note;
- Please do not eat the first harvest. Growers use plant protection substances to avoid infestations.
- The second harvest should be fine to consume if you use safe ingredients to protect your plant.
- If you like some advice on alternative pest management, feel free to get in touch.
Perfect If you are looking for an easy-to-care citrus plant!
* Decorative pots sold separately