The "Imperial" cultivar of Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is a cherished Australian heirloom variety, celebrated for being an early-season bearer. Notably one of the earliest to ripen, its fruit captivates with a terrific taste, further complemented by its easy-to-peel nature. While the fruit is not seedless, the flavour more than compensates for any minor inconvenience. Grafted onto a dwarf rootstock, this plant will stay miniature and compact compared to its full-size form. This makes it more suitable for keeping in a pot or small garden area.
Adaptable for both pots and in-ground planting, those planting in sandy soils should bolster with a quality soil conditioner. Ensuring consistent moisture from Kambarang to Djeran (spring to autumn) is paramount, especially during warmer periods. To maintain its vibrant growth and abundant harvest, a citrus-focused fertiliser during Djilba (late winter to spring) is recommended.
|South-east Asia, Japan, China
|1 - 2 M
|1 - 2 M
|Best grown in full sun, will tolerate part shade
|Well-draining sandy/loamy soil enriched with compost. Use a premium potting mix if planting in a pot.
|Water regularly and consistantly through warm weather to produce juicy fruit and prevent splitting.
|White with purple tinges
|Djilba (Early Spring) - Bunuru (Late Summer)
|All citrus fruit is toxic to cats. Lemons are toxic to dogs. Grapefruit can interfere with certain medications in humans. Non-fruiting parts of citrus plants are non-toxic. Citrus can have sharp thorns which can puncture skin.
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