How to care for: Calamondin orange tree
Originally the Calamondin can be found in Spain. The nice thing about this houseplant is that you can also place it outside during the spring and summer. In nature, the tree can grow up to 2 meters. At home the Calamondin probably won’t grow that large, but one metre should be possible.
Water once a week
How do you take care of a Calamondin?
The Calamondin likes to get as much light as possible. Bright direct light is best. As soon as you position the plant outside it is wise to place it out of the wind as much as possible. When the leaves turn yellow to brown the plant doesn’t get enough sunlight.
Do not let the soil of the Calamondin dry out completely. Watering once a week in the winter is enough. In summer, it can be watered 2 times a week. Make sure you don’t give too much water. When in doubt, it’s better to water less than more. As soon as the plant is placed outside you have to be careful when it rains. If too much water remains at the bottom of his flowerpot, root rot can occur.
The Calamondin doesn’t need any extra nutrients. Although we can recommend feeding the plants at least once a year. Plant nutrition is only needed from spring to summer. By giving plant nutrition you can stimulate fruit development. Never fertilize more than the recommended amount. Too much plant nutrition will acidify the soil, causing the roots to rot.
Repotting the Calamondin is necessary every 2 years. The plant is a fast grower, so its roots soon become too tight in the pot. Repotting the plant every 2 years adds new nutrients to the plant and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.
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Is a Calamondin toxic?
The Calamondin, like other citrus plants, produces limonene and linalool, as well as phototoxic compounds called psoralens. Although these are safe for humans, it can be toxic to pets.
Diseases and peculiarities
If the Calamondin suffers from pests or diseases, you can first try to get rid of them with a water. If this doesn't work then use pesticide to control pests or diseases.
Frequently asked questions about the Calamondin
Are the citrus of the Calamondin edible?
Yes, the fruits of the Calamondin are edible. However, the fruits are rarely consumed. The fruit of the Calamondin is often found in dishes and liqueurs.
How large can the Calamondin get?
Calamondin plants do not grow very large. As an indoor plant, the plant grows to about 1.5 metres. In nature, the plant can grow up to 2 metres high.
When and how to prune Calamondin?
The best time to prune Calamondin is in early spring.
You can prune the green branches. It is best to start with the branches that grow upwards. Afterwards, tackle the side branches. Pruning stimulates the Calamondin to grow new branches. This will make the plant fuller and eventually wider.
In general, it is always advisable to remove old branches and fruit. This way, you give the Calamondin the chance to put its energy into new growth and fruit.