Calamondin Orange Tree
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This is a simple trick but it works every time.
If your tree is exposed to winter freezes, do this in the spring, summer and late winter. You don't want to encourage flowering just before a frost as the blossoms may be damaged even though the tree itself would not.
If your tree is protected from frost, you can do this at any time.
Sprinkle a handfull of Triple Super Phosphate on the soil around the tree's roots. Adjust the amount according to the size of the tree.
What you want is a light dusting of the white powder on the ground beneath the tree.
This will need to be watered in to get it down into the root zone. I usually wait for a rain. If you know it is not going to rain, use the hose.
In six weeks or so, your calamonin orange will be full of flower buds.
Now, super phosphate should not be the only food you offer this tree.
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It isn't a balanced fertilizer.
Feed the tree at least 3 times per growing season with a balanced fertilizer (a food containing N, P & K in nearly equal amounts).
Calamondin citrus is not as sensitive to nutrient deficiencies as other citrus varieties so you do not have to use a food labeled as a "citrus special" every time you feed it.
That said, it is good to use a complete Citrus Food on it once in a while.
Three meals per year and an occasional triple phosphate snack will give you a tree that flowers and fruits several times per season.
Monthly feedings boosted by a bit of phosphate now and then will give you a calamondin orange that blooms and bears concurrently.
Why do you want all of this fruit?
To make calamondin juice!
Once you've tasted homemade calamondin juice, you will want all the fruit you can get.
Calamansi juice is very tart. I add 1 and a half cups of sugar to a gallon pitcher.
Because the skin of the fruit is involved, be sure not to cook it for more than 15 minutes or the juice will be bitter.
Calamondin juice has a taste all its own but, if you want something to compare it to, its closest flavor-match would be grapefruit juice.
I have also made calamondin marmalade by using an orange marmalade recipe.
Some people will tell you they taste like limes but this is like saying that limes taste like lemons. They don't and neither do calamondins.
Each of these fruits has its own distinct flavor.
The fruit of this cold hardy kumquat hybrid is the same basic size and color as that of the calamondin. It differs visually in that it is more oval-shaped and sometimes has a neck.
Citrangequat fruit does not peel as easily as calamondin fruit and it is more acid in flavor. The fruits have few seeds and hold well on the tree.
They appear in as great profusion and are as ornamental as calamondins.
The trees these fruits are borne on are, like the calamondin orange, upright in growth habit but more compact and rounded than Citrofortunella microcarpa.
It is more cold tolerant than a kumquat tree.