Tangerine also known as mandarin orange is an orange-colored citrus fruit that is mandarin variety, that differs in size, skin and flesh. Namely, the tangerines are loose and have much sweeter and juicy flesh. This delicious fruit is high in nutrients and has antioxidant properties.
Tangerines are abundant with vitamin C, an incredibly powerful vitamin that is beneficial in treatment of cold and flu, arthritis, but it was proved to have antiviral and anticancer activity, as well. It is important to mention that tangerines contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber that has the ability to prevent cholesterol and aid the digestive system. There are studies which have proved that tangerines are packed with sources of flavonoid antioxidants and iron. Experts claim that this amazing fruit is extremely beneficial for the heart health and prevents obesity.
Instead of buying tangerines, our suggestion is to grow a tangerine tree in your home. People who live in a tropical or sub-tropical region can grow this plant in their own garden, but you can also plant it in a pot.
How to Grow Tangerines at Home
Preparation and Planting
You will need medium-sized flower pot with holes at the bottom. First place small stones and a bit of sand on the bottom of the flower pot and then add organic soil. After that, put 2-3 tangerine seed in the soil and carefully cover them with ½ inch of potting soil, without pressing them firmly into the soil. Finally you should cover the pot with a plastic bag in order to promote germination. Make sure to place the flower pot in a sunny area.
It is recommended occasionally to add fertilizer that is high in zinc, magnesium and iron. Don’t forget to keep the potting mixture moist. The seedling should develop within 3 weeks. Once that happens you need to remove the plastic and move to a place with a direct sunlight. Over time as tangerine tree grows you need to repot it into larger container. It is of extreme importance to water the tangerines regularly and cut the broken branches.
Place the tangerines in a direct sunlight for at least 8-12 hours a day. The best solution is to place the pot with your tree near the window. If you have a supplemental light, you can use it and thus promote the growth of the tangerines.
Ideal temperature for growing of tangerine tree should be higher than 55°F at night and daytime temperatures should be about 70 – 80°F. If are well watered, this tree tolerates even lower and higher temperatures.
Experts warn that tangerines are susceptible to spider mites, mealy bugs and scale. To prevent that, check your tree regularly and apply insecticidal soap. Another ingredient that is efficient in mild infestations is rubbing alcohol applied with a Q-tip.