Mandarin Oranges

Mandarin oranges    None Given

I planted a satsuma mandarin tree several years ago in my back yard. The fruit I have been getting from it is very tart. What can I do to get sweeter fruit?

Posted by: Wendy Woodward (1 point) Wendy Woodward
Posted: March 18, 2016


You have to allow the fruits to get sweeten naturally on the tree. Tangerines require plenty of heat to produce quality fruits. The early harvested fruits contain high acidity and low sugar.

Important points to remember:
1. Tangerines turn from green to yellow or orange during ripening. Don't harvest fruits immediately, allow them in tree for four to five weeks to taste better (you can taste one fruit every week to check the depth of sweetness).
2. While harvesting, cut the fruits along with stem using clean, sharp shears instead of plucking.
Not all fruits turn orange, some remain green but ripen inside and taste better. The change in color depends of warm condition.
3. Refrigerate the harvested fruits immediately to preserve the taste and texture. They remain in good condition for six weeks.
4. Keep the trees healthy by watering twice a week through out the growing season in absence of rain.
5. If the temperature is very low during fruiting season, cover the trees with blanket especially in the night. Also cover the trunk of the tree with cardboard (from the lower limbs to the ground) only in night.

Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (11 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: March 18, 2016

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