Water as needed to keep the potting mixture moist, but not soggy. Never allow the mixture to become dry. Watch for seedlings to develop in about three weeks.
Water the potting mixture and then set the pot aside to drain until the mixture is lightly moist but not soggy.
Remove the plastic covering as soon as the seedlings emerge. Move the pot into a location with bright, indirect sunlight and room temperatures of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid direct sunlight, which may scorch the tangerine seedlings.
Feed the tangerine tree monthly throughout spring and summer, using a liquid, acid-based fertilizer for rhododendrons or azaleas. Mix the fertilizer at half the strength suggested on the container.
Cover the pot with clear plastic, or slide the pot into a plastic bag. The plastic promotes germination by keeping the potting mixture warm and moist.
How to Start a Tangerine Tree From a Seed
Fill a small pot with commercial potting mixture. Use a fresh mixture that contains materials such as compost, peat moss and perlite. Be sure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom, as poorly drained soil will rot the young seedlings.
Place the pot in a warm location such as the top of a refrigerator or other appliance. Light is not important at this stage.
Repot the seedlings into individual, 4- to 6-inch pots when the seedlings have a pair of true leaves, which are the leaves that appear after the initial seedling leaves. Continue to keep the potting soil lightly moist.
With its deep green foliage, tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is an attractive tree that grows well indoors in cool climates, outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. Growing a tangerine tree from seed is an interesting project, especially for kids as the seeds germinate easily and …
Fill a 3-inch diameter pot with moist potting mix up to approximately 1 inch from the top. Tamp the soil with your fingers so it’s firm in the container. As an alternative, use a seed-raising flat or peat pellets.
Stretch a piece of clear plastic wrap over the pot to insulate the seeds. Secure the plastic with an elastic band. This helps to keep the soil moist.
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Tangerines (Citrus reticulata) are citrus fruit similar to small, sweet, loose-skinned oranges. Originally from Southeast Asia and southern China, tangerines can be grown in California and other areas of the United States, in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. By growing tangerines you can save money, add ornamental value to your home or garden, and stop worrying about chemicals used on the fruit you eat. While tangerine trees are usually started by grafting, growing a tangerine tree from seed is a satisfying long-term project.
Soak the seeds in water for eight hours to help promote the germination process.
Fill the sink with water and add 1 teaspoon of bleach. Wash the tangerine seeds in the liquid to disinfect them. Rinse them off with water. Skip this step if you purchased your seeds and didn’t extract them directly from the fruit.
Tangerines can grow up to 4 inches in diameter (See References 1)
Place up to three seeds on the soil surface, spaced an equal distance apart. Cover them with a 1/2-inch layer of soil. Lightly press down on the soil to firm it over the seeds.
Place the pot in a warm room so the seeds can germinate. Keep the soil moist at all times, and aim for a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a heating pad under the pot or position it near a heater, if needed.
Tangerines (Citrus reticulata) are citrus fruit similar to small, sweet, loose-skinned oranges. Originally from Southeast Asia and southern China, tangerines can be grown in California and other areas of the United States, in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11. By growing tangerines you …