How to grow Clementines from seed

There are varieties of Mandarin orange that are widely grown in the Mediterranean region and the United States. The Clementine oranges can also be grown from seed in the same way as any other varieties of Mandarin orange. The Clementine oranges are best suited to USDA plant hardiness zones nine to eleven. The Clementine’s orange tree cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. The Clementine orange tree and other Mandarin orange trees can be easily grown from seed. The following are the steps on how to grow Clementine orange from seed;

  1. Remove the seeds from the Clementine orange. You have to rinse the Clementine seeds under lukewarm tap water. Make sure you rinse off any juice and also remove all the fruit flesh from around the Clementine seeds. Any fruit that is left around the seeds will rot when it’s planted in the soil and this can result in mold or fungus that might destroy the Clementine seeds.   
  • Place the Clementine seeds in a cup of lukewarm tap water and let them sit for about twenty-four hours. Although soaking the Clementine seeds in water before planting is not too necessary for germination, it does increase the chance of the Clementine seeds germinating successfully. Note: If you do not have it in mind to plant the Clementine seeds right away you can dry them completely and then put them in an airtight container. This can easily prevent the growth of microorganisms. Storing the Clementine seeds in cool or even cold location until you’re ready to plant is also essential to prevent seed destruction.
  • Plant each Clementine seed into a three inch pot. You need to plant the Clementine seed 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep into a rich but well-drained potting soil with a neutral or slightly acidic pH balance. Make sure you water the soil of the pot until it is soaked and then let it drain.
  • Cut 1 or 2 small holes into a small transparent bag. Place the bag over the top of the pot so that it can actually acts as a barrier, keeping heat and moisture in over the surface of the pot. Secure the bag in place, if possible, with an elastic band around the base of the bag and top rim of the pot.
  • You have to place the pot near a bright window or outside on a bright balcony where it can receive a few hours of direct sunlight each day. You can remove the bag to water the plant whenever the surface of the soil appears dry.
  • You can easily remove the plastic bag after the seedling emerges and outgrows the space that is provided within the bag. Make sure you water the seedling whenever the surface of the soil appears dry.
  • You can transplant the small tree after the roots appear around the drainage holes of the pot. The Mandarin seedling can be easily planted in a larger pot for patio or even indoor growing, or outside in an area of the garden where it will not be crowded or shaded from direct sunlight.

Some Things You Will Need

The following are some of the things you will actually need to get started;

  1. Pots
  2. Elastic bands
  3. A glass of water
  4. Small transparent bags
  5. Potting soil

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