Important notice! Most citrus plants on the market are produced for planting in orchards in the Mediterranean countries. They have a large overall height, have high graft and are difficult to shape and support at home. Rootstocks on which they are grafted are very fast growing, which is fine for the open ground in the subtropics, but is not desirable when growing in pot in the temperate climate.
All our small citrus plants are produced specifically for the Bulgarian market and are ideally suited for home cultivation. The rootstocks cause compact growth, grafts are low and this allows making an excellent shape of the crown, to be suitable for growing in pots. The used rootstocks are trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon') and Volkamer lemon, Citrus volkameriana. Trifoliate orange is frost-hardy to -25°C, and significantly increases the cold resistance of plants grafted on it.
Citrus deliciosa Fortune
Fortune is a hybrid variety derived from the crossing of common clementine and mandarin Dancy, native from California. The tree is vigorous and very productive with mid sized fruit, ripe from March to May. The plants are self-sterile, with seedless fruit, but if cross-pollination occurs (necessary for good production) the fruit will have many seeds. It is one of the most popular variety in Spain after the Nules clementine.
As with all other Citrus plants, the mandarin is susceptible to scales and spider mites and needs to be sprayed twice a year.
In winter it will need a cool place with temperatures 0-10 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is higher, the leaves usually fall off. In summer it needs to be outside and abundantly watered.
Much more information about all citrus species is available on our forum:
- USDA zone:-9°C (zone 8b)
- Winter effect:Evergreen plant
- Sun exposure:Sun only
- Water need:moderate
- Ripening:March - May