One of the hardiest and most attractive of the sweet Citrus varieties, Variegated Calamondin is prized for its abundant crops of 1″ diameter fruit which are used like a lemon or lime and makes delicious juice and marmalade. In addition to its compact form and fragrant flowers, Variegated Calamondin features attractive, creamy-white and green, variegated fruit and foliage.
Latin Name: Citrus madurensis
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: Flyiing 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: Variegated Calamondin 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 Variegated Calamondin to a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years. The plant should be bearing fruit at time of purchase.
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft.
Bloom Time: Year-round.
Ripening Time: Variegated Calamondin often ripens year-round.
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 varieties.
USDA Zone: 8
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: All Zones, Indoors in winter