Mandarin trees are one of the best citrus varieties you can grow in a pot because of their small size. This small, yet extremely fragrant and delicious fruit is cold hardy up to 20F, and can be easily grown in pots, but must be brought indoors once temperatures fall. Keep reading if you're interested in learning how to grow mandarins in pots or even in your own garden!
How to Grow Mandarins in Pots – a DIY Gardening Guide
- Choose a large enough pot that will be able to sustain a mandarin tree. Steer away from plastic pots as they can easily be knocked down by strong winds, and use a clay pot instead.
- Prepare a light potting mix with plenty of organic matter, and add perlite or pumice to help with soil aeration.
- Plant the tree into the pot so that it is slightly higher than it was at the nursery. The bud union should remain above the soil level.
- Water the tree regularly to keep the soil moist, but never soggy.
- Place the pot in a sunny area either outdoors if the weather permits, and if not, indoors.
- Fertilize four times a year using a citrus fertilizer once the tree has new growth.
- If outdoors, move the tree indoors before the first freeze for a few hours a day until the tree becomes accustomed to the indoors.
- Move the tree to a larger container once it outgrows its current one.
So now that you know how to grow mandarins in pots, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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