These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Looking after your Clementine
Clementines (Citrus reticulata) originate in Asia but do surprisingly well in this country. They have both tasty orange fruit and fragrant white star shaped flowers and can bring pleasure for months or even years with the right care.
Citrus trees, like lots of light and a cool but not cold room. A light room near a window or a conservatory is ideal. In winter, try and keep your tree away from central heating and in the summer protect it from strong direct sunlight. In the heat of summer you can give your plant a holiday. Put it outside on a sheltered patio and it will enjoy the fresh air. Bring it back inside when there is a nip in the evening air. Your plant will start to suffer in temperatures below 5˚C.
Water thoroughly from the top of the pot but only when the soil is dry to the touch and let the excess water drain away. The roots should not be left to stand in water. You will notice that in the summer months they will need watering much more regularly, sometimes as often as once a day if it’s very hot. In the winter months it might take 2-3 weeks or even longer for the top of the soil to dry out and for your tree to need a water.
The fruit of this tree should be picked when orange and eaten fresh from the tree either out of hand or in fruit salads. Clementines are one of the smaller citrus fruits with sweet juicy fruits. They normally crop in December in time for Christmas.
Overwatering, underwatering and shock can all be a cause of leaf drop. One or two leaves is not something to worry about but more than 20 and your plant is in a grump. However, in most cases, return to a regular watering routine and temperature will lead to recovery. When grown in the pot in the UK, citrus trees will benefit from a regular citrus feed and repotting every year or two.
Our plants are grown in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find any pests (including aphids or caterpillars) on your plant you can use a soft soap or pest spray to wash off the offending creatures and pick off any damaged leaves to keep the plant tidy.