These instructions are sent with the plant gift
This little orange tree (Otaheite orange or citrus otaitensis) is a chinese cross between a lemon and a mandarin. It has both tasty orange fruit and fragrant white star shaped flowers.
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.
Water thoroughly from the top once or twice a week and let the excess water drain away. The roots should not be left to stand in water. Don"t worry If the soil feels too dry on top - the most common cause of problems is watering too frequently in the winter months when the plant is resting.
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.
Overwatering,, underwatering and shock can all be a cause of leaf drop. However, in most cases, return to a regular watering routine and temperature will lead to recovery. A citrus feed added to the water every couple of weeks can also help to maintain a healthy plant. For more detailed information on citrus tree care, watering and problem solving visit http://4presents.co.uk/Citrus.aspx
The fruit of this tree should be picked when orange and eaten fresh from the tree either out of hand or in fruit salads. Mandarins have loose peel and juicy orange flesh and normally crop in December