Mandarin (Dwarf Satsuma) Tree
FRUIT-MAND-1-6Regular price $33.00
Mandarin Satsuma is a seedless Mandarin with thin, easy peel skin. This dwarf variety is compact and ideal for container growing or topiary. They are more cold hardy than many other Mandarin varieties and early to ripen.
Urban Bounty Dwarf Satsuma Mandarin trees come in a 3 litre pot.
About Satsuma Dwarf Mandarin
Mandarins are one of the five original types of citrus from which all other citrus are derived. The name is taken from the title of advisors in the Chinese imperial courts. They traditionally wore orange robes and headpieces with buttons that resemble the fruit.
Satsuma Mandarin is a self-fertile, seedless variety of Mandarin. The fruit is orange and slightly flattened. Our dwarf Satsuma are grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, and will reach about 2 metres tall. They are a slow-grower that is perfect for growing in a pot. Try them in your Mediterranean, Coastal or European style garden.
Culinary Uses - Dwarf Satsuma Mandarin Tree
Mandarin taste a little like Oranges, but the segments are smaller and sweeter, with less pith. Use them as a lunchbox snack, or add the segments to fresh salads instead of Tomato. We enjoy chicken and cashew salad with leafy greens, Mandarin segments and a homemade vinaigrette.
Growing Conditions - Dwarf Satsuma Mandarin (Miho Mandarin)
Satsuma Mandarin trees love a sunny, sheltered spot and prefer deep, well-draining soil. Plant in a hole that is 20 - 30 cm larger than the root ball, adding a little compost and Morganics fertiliser at the same time. Companion plant with Nasturtium, Lavender, Rosemary, and Chives. These plants will attract pollinating bees and help ensure a good crop.
You will only need one tree to set fruit, but we recommend planting away from other citrus trees. (They can form seeds if cross-pollinated with another flowering variety at the same time.) It can take two - three years for a new tree to set fruit.
Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods, when flowering and when the fruit is developing. While they might survive a harsh drought, the flavour and texture of the fruit will suffer. Mandarins are also 'gross feeders', which means that they need regular fertiliser. We regularly feed out Mandarin trees with worm tea and Morganics fertiliser. Occasionally they also need a little citrus fertiliser.
Mandarins are a sub-tropical plant that do not cope well with frost.
Climate and seasonal information - Dwarf Satsuma Mandarin
Plant Satsuma Mandarin in autumn and spring. Citrus is a tropical fruit, best suited to warmer areas of New Zealand.