A full-sized, ready to pick clementine fruit should be cut with a citrus scecateur or sharp knife. When plucking clementines, don’t pick those that feel hard. A ripe clementine emits sweet and tart orange odor, but often the whole peel is not orange yet!
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Citrus reticulata is a fruiting tree species in the Rutaceae family, frequently called an Orange Tree, after the orange fruits. Citrus reticulata is commonly known as Mandarin or Clementine, amongst other names. The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance. Clementines can be separated into 7-14 segments and they are easy to peel. They are almost always seedless when grown commercially (without cross-pollination), and therefore are sometimes known as a Seedless Tangerine. The Clementine is also occasionally referred to as the Moroccan Clementine. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges. The Mandarin is an evergreen tree from the Rutaceae family. It grows to an average height of 3m with a spread of up to 5m, although some older specimens can grow much larger in optimal conditions. Orange Trees produce oval leaves, which are alternately arranged, and are 4-10cm long and have crenulate margins.
Common problems with Clementine
Wash away ants, aphids and other insect pests with a forceful spray of water.
How to propagate Clementine
Sow seeds 1.2 cm deep and graft or bud other selections or cultivars on when stem is about 1-1.5cm
Special features of Clementine
Use a large pot!
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Clementine
The fruits are edible and known as an easy-peeler
The leaves, twigs and branches are used to extract the oil known as Petitgrain mandarin.