x Citrofortunella microcarpa

Citrofortunella microcarpa

Calamondin

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Citrofortunella microcarpa
  • Common name: Calamondin
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, Fruit, Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

x Citrofortunella microcarpa, or calamondin, is thought to be an intergenetic hybrid between a mandarin orange and a kumquat. In the UK it’s grown as a small, ornamental tree, although the small fruits are edible. The flesh is sour, but the fruit is sweet. Citrus trees are self-fertile, so you only need one tree to produce fruit; you will need to hand-pollinate the flowers indoors. You may see the pretty, scented, star-shaped flowers and fruits on the tree at the same time.

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In the UK, a calamondin is best grown in a pot so that you can move it to a sheltered spot outdoors in the warmer months (June to September), then indoors to a cool, bright and frost-free location, such as a conservatory or heated greenhouse, in the cooler months. It needs a night temperature of at least 13°C.

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Plant in ericaceous compost, John Innes or citrus compost, and water with tepid rainwater if possible. In winter, keep the compost just moist – do not overwater. Feed regularly with a citrus feed from spring to autumn. You could raise the humidity by placing the pot on a saucer or tray filled with gravel and topped up with water.

How to grow Citrofortunella microcarpa

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Citrofortunella microcarpa and wildlife

Citrofortunella microcarpa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Citrofortunella microcarpa poisonous?

Citrofortunella microcarpa can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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