These instructions are sent with the plant gift
This little orange tree has both decorative fruit and fragrant flowers – sometimes both at once. It is a Calamondin – a cross between a kumquat and a mandarin and is the easiest citrus tree to grow indoors. It can bring pleasure for years with the right care.
Citrus trees, like lots of natural light and a cool room, but keep out of cold draughts. A light room near a window or a conservatory is ideal. In winter, try and keep your tree away from central heating. In the heat of Summer, you can put your plant 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 8˚C.
Water your tree thoroughly from the top when the top of the soil is bone dry. This might be once or twice a week in the winter and as often as every day in hot weather. Try to ensure that the water runs right through the pot and out of the holes in the bottom. The roots should not be left to stand in water so do let the extra water drain away. A citrus feed added to the water every couple of weeks can also help to maintain a healthy plant.
These dwarf trees can grow to a maximum of two metres, producing masses of fruit every year. The fruits of this tree are very tart. However, they make a refreshing and unusual addition to cold drinks, they can be used in place of other citrus in fish and game dishes and make a wonderful marmalade!
Overwatering, underwatering and shock can all be the cause of leaf drop. One or two leaves is not something to worry about but more than 10 and your plant is not happy. However, in most cases, return to a regular watering routine and temperature will lead to recovery.
If the new growth on your plant is very light in colour or has a mottled look, it is likely that your plant is lacking one of the trace elements. A good citrus feed added when watering should soon colour the leaves up, we sell our own formula summer and winter citrus feed on our website. In the unlikely event that you find any pests (e.g. aphids or caterpillars) on your plant use a soft soap or pest spray to wash off the offending creatures and pick off any damaged leaves to keep the plant tidy.