This early ripening variety, Owari Satsuma Mandarin bears abundant, deep-orange, sweet and delicious fruit, with loose, easy-to-peel, skin. Satsuma Mandarin ripens before Christmas and is one of the hardiest Citrus varieties, to about 27º F. It can be left outside longer than other varieties, possibly all winter if the weather is mild.
Latin Name: Citrus unshiu
Site and Soil: In spring, summer and fall, keep your potted Citrus in a location with 1/2 day to full sun. In the winter, place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Owari Satsuma Mandarin is self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: We recommend bringing Owari Satsuma Mandarin to a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft.
Bloom Time: Winter & Spring
Ripening Time: Satsuma Mandarin ripens in late fall.
Yield: 40+ fruit
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants.
USDA Zone: 9
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: All Zones, Indoors in winter