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Indoor Fruit Trees: Calamondin Oranges A Good Choice

Mar 5, 2008
If you're searching for just the right citrus tree to grow indoors, you have several choices. Far and away the most common is the Meyer Lemon Tree, but there are several lesser known citrus trees that will thrive indoors. One such tree is the calamondin orange, which is not as well known by gardeners but is quite easy to care for and bears prolific crops of fruit.

Calamondin oranges are quite popular in southeast Asia. For centuries, Asian cultures have used these oranges for a variety of health purposes. Malaysian and Phillipine cultures use calamondin juice as a hair conditioner and as a treatment for insect bites. It is even used as a cough remedy.

Interestingly, the calamondin fruit looks more like a lemon than an orange. Typically, by the time a calamondin turns orange, it's over ripened. About the size of a lime, calamondin oranges are typically sweeter than most juice oranges and can be used in any manner reserved for citrus fruits.

One of the best attributes of our calamondin plant is its fresh citrusy fragrance. With nominal care, the tree blooms often, more frequently than most indoor fruit trees. Our calamondin typically produces fruit in the winter and spring months in ample quantity.

One important tip with a calamondin involves how to pick the fruit. It's best to use clippers to remove fruit from the tree rather than hand picking. Using clippers or scissors will prevent damage to the stem side of the fruit, thereby eliminating premature deterioration. Calamondins usually last only a week after picking, but they will store longer if refrigerated.

Caring for your calamondin tree is quite easy. Give it plenty of sunlight, don't over water, and fertilize once every 4-6 weeks. Typically, your tree will require water once every 10 days, or slightly more frequently in dry environments.

For best results and to ensure a thriving tree, place your calamondin outdoors in warmer months. Here in the midwest, our tree spends mid April through mid October on our patio. This really helps the tree flourish, as butterflies and bees find the fragrance hard to resist.

Calamondin trees will make a wonderful addition to any living space and are readily available from online sources specializing in container fruit trees. Their cost is nominal and you'll enjoy many years of sweet delicious fruit!
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Would you like to learn more about indoor citrus trees? To find out which varieties thrive indoors and which to avoid, be sure to visit our online resource site devoted exclusively to Indoor Fruit Trees.
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