This unique Tangelo variety is a cross of Grapefruit and Mandarin Orange. Pearl Tangelo features particularly attractive, willow-like foliage and delectable, sweet, grapefruit-like flavor. This is our most reliable producer of delicious and sweet fruit in our greenhouses. It is the earliest to ripen and is always super sweet too.
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Latin Name: Citrus x tangelo
Site and Soil: Pearl Tangelo Citrus trees want to be in the sun or bright light, either when they are outside or when you bring them inside for the winter. Potting soil should be coarse and well drained. For best results, use our Citrus and Fruit Tree fertilizer.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit procuction. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: We recommend bringing citrus into to a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur. Hardy to 27° F for 24 hours.
Bearing Age: 1-2 yrs.
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft.
Taste: Sweet, grapefruit-like
Fruit Skin: Orange
Fruit Flesh: Orange
Ripening Time: November to January
Yield: 40-50 fruit
Care: Fertilize with citrus mix 3-4 times per year with typical applications in late winter (Jan-Feb), late spring (May-June) and early fall (Sept-Oct).
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 varieties.
USDA Zone: 9