Tangelos are a cross between a mandarin and grapefruit. They have the orange skin and fragrance of mandarins with the refreshing tart flavour of grapefruits. They are a delightfullly small, evergreen tree with glossy green leaves and fragrant, creamy-white blossoms. The tree produces in winter a heavy crop of medium to large juicy, bell-shaped fruit with a prominent neck and a skin that is a deep orange colour, loose and easy to peal. Tangelos will produce more fruit if cross pollinated with a mandarin. They have a tart, tangy, tangerine taste and can be used as a substitute for mandarin oranges or sweet oranges.
Use as a container plant in courtyards, feature tree in smaller or Mediterranean style gardens or as an ornamental tree. The fruit is highly nutritious, rich in vitamin C, refreshing and ideal for desserts, snacks and garnishes.
- Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|Growth Height — 3.5m|
|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.