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x Citrofortunella microcarpa

Calamondin

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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour

White

Feature

Fruit, Scented flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Expert

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Plant details

This evergreen shrub makes a lovely plant for the conservatory or greenhouse. It is also called x Citrofortunella mitis. It has fairly glossy, bright evergreen leaves and a few short spines on the stems. Saucer-shaped, waxy, white flowers are produced from spring to summer, followed by spherical, yellow then orange fruits. These are the fruits that can be used to make marmalade. Grow calamondin under glass in loam-based potting compost, in bright light with shade from direct, hot sunlight. Give good ventilation, mist regularly and feed once a month during the active growing season. You can take it on to the patio during warm summers, but shade from strong sunlight. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: x Citrofortunella

Species: microcarpa

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August


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