- Article number: CITRESA01
Citrus reticulata Satsuma or citrus unshiu Satsuma is closely related to the mandarin, but fairly frost-resistant. However, the fruit is flatter and much larger, the skin is light orange, has few to no seeds and is easier to peel.
The Satsuma also ripens a bit earlier, the taste is fresh and very sweet.
This is a very old Japanese citrus variety, dating back to 1429, then known as Mikan. The name Satsuma was given to the citrus in 1876 because it was mainly found in the Satsuma region.
Just like other citruses, a wonderfully smelling shrub or tree on your patio, only this one smells even stronger than the ordinary mandarin.
The sweet scent of the leaves and blossoms reveal which fruit set will soon appear.
In the spring, the citrus plant can go outside again, do this after there is certainly no longer a chance of frost.
Now the water requirement can also be increased again, but keep it moderate (don't give too much).
Also give the plant liquid fertilizer in the irrigation water every 3 weeks, from April to the end of September. The tangerine tree will respond immediately and new shoots will begin to grow.
If shoots grow too tall for your liking then prune the citrus tree back in the fall. This way you keep a desired shape and height.
In winter, let the citrus plant overwinter in a frost-free and cool place in as light a place as possible. Water little, once a month is sufficient. No more fertilization.
If the citrus tree is warmer than +12ºC in winter, half a dose of fertilizer will suffice.
This is a fairly frost tolerant citrus and can tolerate quite a bit of cold. In the open ground in winter, if necessary, protect with more frost than -5ºC. Then plant the citrus in a sheltered place facing south.
Winter hardiness zone 8b (-5ºC).