Tangelos are very easy to grow in the garden. Tangelos are actually tangy-sweet citrus fruits hybrid created by crossing grapefruits or pomelos with mandarins. The tangelo trees are hardy in USDA zones eight through eleven, with average minimum temperatures of ten to fifty degrees Fahrenheit. The tangelo trees can also be used as patio plants in cooler climates, grown in pots/containers that are placed outdoors after the last frost in spring and then brought back inside before the first frost in fall. Continue reading to learn how to grow Tangelos.
The following are steps on how to grow Tangelos tree;
Step one. You have to select a planting area in a sunny location that has some shelter in other to prevent the plant from been damage by dry wind. Tangelos trees actually thrive in well-draining soil.
Step two. Make sure you tap the side of the pot in which you purchased the tangelo tree in other to loosen its roots. You have to remove it from the container and then soak it for about one hour in a bucket of fresh water while you prepare the planting area for the tangelo tree.
Step three. Make sure you remove grass and any weeds from the planting area, and then create a bare, circular area with a diameter of about three to five feet before digging a hole that is about 1.5 times as deep and twice as wide as the pot the tangelo tree was in when you purchased it. Flood the hole with water and then allow it to soak in a while, then mix two to four inches of sand and compost into the soil that you removed from the hole to enrich it with nutrients and to also enhance drainage.
Step four. You need to put several inches of your soil mixture in the bottom of the hole. Take the Tangelos tree out of the bucket of water and gently spreading the roots with your fingers before placing it in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball rest about two inches above the ground level.
Step five. You need to fill the hole halfway with the soil mixture, and then flood it with water to remove any pockets of air that can damage the roots. Immediately the water is completely absorbed, fill the hole the rest of the way with the soil mixture so that the replacement soil is level with the ground.
Step six. You can mound pure sand around the base of the tangelo tree’s trunk in other to reduce the risk of developing collar rot. You can also add a 2-to-4-inch layer of mulch around the planting area, keeping the mulch two to three inches away from the tangelo tree’s trunk.
Step seven. Water the tangelo tree regularly for about 6 to 8 weeks after planting, adding about one inch of water per week. You can water 2 to 3 times weekly in the first week after planting and then once or twice every week over the next several weeks.