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How to Grow Clementines & Mandarin Oranges From Seeds

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A variety of Mandarin orange widely grown in the Mediterranean region and the United States, Clementine oranges (Citrus Reticulata ‘Clementine’) can be grown from seed in the same way as any other variety of Mandarin orange. Best suited to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 11, Clementines cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Clementine and other Mandarin orange trees can be easily grown from seed.

Remove the seeds from the fruit. Rinse the seeds under lukewarm tap water. Rinse off any juice and remove all fruit flesh from around the seeds. Any fruit left around the seeds will rot when planted in the soil and could result in mold or fungus that might destroy the seeds.

Place the seeds in a cup of lukewarm tap water and let them sit for 24 hours. Although soaking the seeds in water before planting is not necessary for germination, it does increase the chance of the seeds germinating successfully. Note: If you do not intend to plant the seeds right away, dry them completely and then put them in an airtight container. This prevents the growth of microorganisms. Storing them in cool or even cold location until you’re ready to plant is also essential to prevent seed destruction.

Plant each seed into a 3-inch pot. Plant the seed 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep into a rich but well-drained potting soil with a neutral or slightly acidic pH balance. Water the soil of the pot until it is soaked and let it drain.

Cut one or two small holes into a small transparent bag. Place the bag over the top of the pot so that it acts as a barrier, keeping heat and moisture in over the surface of the pot. Secure the bag in place, if necessary, with an elastic band around the base of the bag and top rim of the pot.

Place the pot near a bright window or outside on a bright balcony where it will receive a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Remove the bag to water whenever the surface of the soil appears dry.

Remove the plastic bag after the seedling emerges and outgrows the space provided within the bag. Water the seedling whenever the surface of the soil appears dry.

Transplant the small tree after roots appear around the drainage holes of the pot. The Mandarin seedling can be planted in a larger pot for patio or even indoor growing, or outside in an area of the yard where it will not be crowded or shaded from direct sunlight.

How to Grow Clementines & Mandarin Oranges From Seeds. A variety of Mandarin orange widely grown in the Mediterranean region and the United States, Clementine oranges (Citrus Reticulata ‘Clementine’) can be grown from seed in the same way as any other variety of Mandarin orange. Best suited to U.S. …

How to Grow Clementines From Seeds

By: Greg Lindberg

21 September, 2017

Be aware that the fruit from a clementine tree will not be identical to the fruit that the seed came from.

Keep in mind that it may take five to seven years for your tree to reach maturity and bear fruit.

Clementines are a cross between Seville and mandarin oranges. The fruit is sweet, small, easy to peel and virtually seedless. You will, however, come across seeds when eating a clementine eventually. Before you decide to grow a clementine tree, consider the weather conditions where you live, as you may want to grow the tree in a pot. Clementine trees grow and bloom best outdoors in tropical regions, but the trees can also thrive in colder climates, where they can be moved indoors during the winter. Growing a clementine tree is as simple as growing other citrus trees, but it requires maintenance, care and patience until the tree flowers and bears fruit.

Clean the seeds. Using a clean towel, wipe away all fruit debris and rinse the seeds thoroughly. Pour a glass of warm water over the seeds and soak overnight. If possible, place the seeds somewhere that is warm but not hot, such as on top of a refrigerator or under a lamp. This process helps to soak off any remaining fruit.

  • Clementines are a cross between Seville and mandarin oranges.
  • Growing a clementine tree is as simple as growing other citrus trees, but it requires maintenance, care and patience until the tree flowers and bears fruit.

Clean the seeds again. Remove the seeds from the glass and rinse them with clean water. Cleaning the seeds is the most important step because any leftover fruit will cause the seeds to become moldy.

Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep in potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Place the pot in a sunny window. If it is summer, place the container outside and provide shade from the midday sun.

  • Remove the seeds from the glass and rinse them with clean water.

Do not let your seedlings dry out. Once they have sprouted, they need time to establish their roots. A lot growth taking place at this time is below the soil, so do not transplant your seedlings right away.

Apply a good 10-10-10 fertilizer once a month at 1/2 the suggested strength on the label.

Clementines are a cross between Seville and mandarin oranges. The fruit is sweet, small, easy to peel and virtually seedless. You will, however, come across seeds when eating a clementine eventually. Before you decide to grow a clementine tree, consider the weather conditions where you live, as you may want to grow …