One of the most delicious winter fruits are mandarins and the oranges. They vary in size and shape. As well as taste. Mandarins are to some degree milder than oranges. However this fruit is a rich source of nutrients and has antioxidant properties.
Tangerines are extremely good for weight loss, as well as maintaining your cardiovascular health. Tangerines are full of vitamin C, an incredibly powerful vitamin which is beneficial in the treatment of colds and flu, arthritis.
But it turned out that there are antiviral and anticancer activity as well. The mandarins contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber which has the ability to prevent cholesterol and help the digestive system.
How to Grow Tangerines at Home:
Preparation and Planting
You will need medium-sized flower pot with holes at the bottom. First place small stones and a bit of sand on the bottom of the flower pot and then add organic soil. After that, put 2-3 tangerine seed in the soil and carefully cover them with ½ inch of potting soil, without pressing them firmly into the soil.
Finally you should cover the pot with a plastic bag in order to promote germination. Make sure to place the flower pot in a sunny area.
It is recommended to add fertilizer that is high in zinc, magnesium and iron. Don’t forget to keep the potting mixture moist. The seedling should develop within 3 weeks. Once that happens you need to remove the plastic and move to a place with a direct sunlight. Over time as tangerine tree grows you need to put it into larger container. It is of extreme importance to water the tangerines regularly and cut the broken branches.
Place the tangerines in a direct sunlight for at least 8-12 hours a day. The best solution is to place the pot with your tree near the window. If you have a supplemental light, you can use it and thus promote the growth of the tangerines.
Ideal temperature for growing of tangerine tree should be higher than 55°F at night and daytime temperatures should be about 70 – 80°F. If are well watered, this tree tolerates even lower and higher temperatures.
Experts warn that tangerines are susceptible to spider mites, mealy bugs and scale. To prevent that, check your tree regularly and apply insecticidal soap. Source