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 x Tangelo Mapo from Botanical Garden - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Tangelo varieties are hybrids between Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) and Pomelo or Grapefruit. Fruits are deep orange. The flesh is firm, juicy and flavorful, with a very pleasant and specific taste.
Characteristic of the fruit of Tangelo Mapo are:
- - strong flavor
- - juicy and with high sugar content
- - moderate acidity
- - thin peel
- - 12 to 16 segments
- - ripen in January-February
- - seedless or with a few seeds
For a good crop, Tangelo Mapo needs cross-pollination with other citrus species or variety.
As with all other Citrus plants, the orange 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:-6°C (zone 9a)
Sun exposure:Sun only
Soil pH+:neutral (pH 6,5-7,5)
In Open Ground:With protection
Difficulty in growing:For advanced gardeners