Are you interested in growing your own Mandarin tree from cuttings? With a little bit of knowledge and effort, you can enjoy the sweet, juicy fruit of your very own Mandarin tree in no time.
Start growing Mandarin from cuttings
To grow a Mandarin tree from cuttings, you’ll need to obtain cuttings from a healthy Mandarin tree. During this step, it is important to choose a good quality mandarin tree. Look for branches that are approximately pencil-thick in diameter and about 6-8 inches long. Make sure the cutting is taken from a healthy tree with no signs of disease such as anthracnose or pests such as spider mites.
Once you have your cuttings, remove the leaves from the bottom 2-3 inches of the stem. Dip the bottom of the cutting into rooting hormone to help promote root growth.
Next, plant the cutting into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating and rotting the cutting.
Place the pot in a warm, bright location, but out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet, by watering the cutting regularly. It’s important to keep the soil moist, as dry soil can cause the cutting to die. Also, make sure to not overwater your cutting, otherwise, it will lead to root rot. And we don’t want that, trust me!
After a few weeks, check for root growth by gently tugging on the cutting. If you feel resistance, this is a sign that roots have started to grow. If not, continue to keep the soil moist and wait a bit longer.
Once the cutting has established roots, it’s time to transplant it into a larger pot or outside into the ground. Make sure to choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.
How to care for the mandarin planted cuttings
To grow a mandarin tree from cuttings, we need to encourage healthy growth. And to do so, make sure to fertilize the tree regularly with a balanced fertilizer. Prune the tree as needed to shape it and remove any dead or damaged branches. And lastly, look out for any kind of pests or diseases.
Here’s an article that shows a step-by-step method to prune citrus trees: When and How to Prune Citrus Trees
Another method to grow mandarin trees at home is by using seeds. I wrote an entire article on How to Collect Mandarin Seeds for Planting. You can check the article to learn more about the entire detailed process of harvesting the seeds and growing them into beautiful trees.
In conclusion, growing a Mandarin tree from cuttings can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. With a little bit of patience and effort, you can enjoy the sweet taste of your own homegrown fruit. Happy growing!
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