Also known as a 'Fingered Citron', because of its unusual yellow fruit that splits into pieces that look like fingers. The Buddha's Hand Citron is a small tree producing a highly fragrant fruit with a thick, uneven, gnarled rind. It ripens in late autumn and winter and can be grown in a container. The fingered citron is rarely eaten raw as the fruit, largely is all rind with no flesh, pulp, juice or seeds inside. This makes it perfect for cooking treats such as candied peel, jam or marmalade.
It’s highly aromatic and rich fragrance means it can be left on your kitchen bench, window sill or bathroom, to fill your space with a lovely, fresh citrus scent.
- Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming
|Growth Height — 4m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.