Common name: Mandarin
Plant Classification: Greenhouse perennial Half hardy perennial
Minimum Height: 2.0 meters
Maximum Height: 4.0 meters
Packet Content(approx.): 6
These trees make attractive pot plants in colder climates and will actually set fruit if kept warm. In hotter countries they can be planted outside where they will grow to normal maximum size. Mandarin is the blanket term for this group of fruiting trees, but is mainly used outside the USA and the name Tangerine is the English word for the Mandarin. There are several groups of mandarins, and the most desirable one is the satsuma. They are generally seedless, and also the easiest to peel due to their loose leathery skin. In addition, they are also the most tender and most prone to shipping damage, and are similar in taste to Clementines but sweeter.
Sowing advice: These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 20-25 degrees C. Seeds sometimes germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some varieties may take very much longer so please be patient. Plant out in the open ground in warmer countries or in a large container elsewhere.
There are several groups of mandarins