Our protagonist today is one of the fruit trees that should not be missing in your patio, terrace or, of course, in the garden. Its small fruits, which are reminiscent of oranges, are not only decorative but can also calm, at least momentarily, the stomach.
Find out how to grow a Chinese orange tree .
This small tree, ideal to have in a pot, must be located in an area where it has direct sunlight most of the day. Thus, we will not have to worry about growth problems, such as loss of chlorophyll from the leaves, or the absence of fruits. For the Chinese orange tree, also known as kumquat, it is very important to be exposed to the sun, and to have humidity . In fact, it is not very resistant to drought, so watering must be frequent, especially during the summer, when the water evaporates in a matter of a few minutes. Thus, we will water it about 2-3 times a week during the summer period , and we will go down to 1-2 times a week the rest of the year.
We will plant it with fertilized substrate , which you can buy at nurseries or garden stores. Although if you want to save a few bucks , use homemade compost ; with it you will ensure that it will receive all the minerals it needs. Change the pot every two years , in spring, or in autumn, when temperatures are pleasant.
The Chinese orange tree does not need pruning, but if you want to choose to make it a bonsai tree, you should do it right at the end of winter , before growth resumes.
If we talk about pests and diseases, it is often attacked by aphids , which are located on the underside of the leaves, and on the flowers. To prevent them, get Neem oil and spray your tree from time to time, for example, once every 15 days, especially if the environment is very dry and hot.