Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Owari Satsuma 2017

I purchased an Owari Satsuma last yr because I read they are one of the hardiest citrus trees out there.

They look, taste and peel just like Clementines.

Satsumas are Mandarin oranges, but technically are not Clementines. Owari Satsumas are one of the most cold tolerant orange trees you can grow.

Southern states can plant directly in the ground. If you live in an area that gets occasional temps below 12-15F, you can throw a frost blanket over your tree to add a few degrees of protection. Colder and Northern areas can pot Satsumas in large containers and move them indoors or in the garage during extreme temperatures.

They make a great looking winter houseplant, with their bright oranges against deep green leaves.
Prune them to your desired size. If left untrimmed, they will eventually grow up to 10-12 feet tall.
Satsumas are drought tolerant and very easy to grow.

Like most citrus trees, they like to dry out before being watered. So you can go on vacation and never worry about them.

A small tree will produce an amazing amount of fruit. Let them ripen on the tree, for an orange much sweeter than what you buy in the store.

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