Clementine Oranges

How To Grow Your Own Clementine Oranges

Clementine oranges belong to the mandarin orange family and were given their own name in 1902.  They have a glossy, smooth, deep orange exterior that is incredibly easy to peel, similar to a tangerine.  Clementines rarely have a seed present which is another reason why they are so loved, aside from the unparalleled sweet taste that they offer.  Their juice is also less acidic than a traditional orange and much more sweet, making them a real treat to eat by individuals who just can't tolerate the acid of most citrus fruits.

Nutritional Value

According to the USDA, clementine oranges are a hybrid from a traditional orange and a Chinese mandarin, making them completely full of nutritional benefits.

Growing Clementine Trees

If you live in the warmer climates of zones 8, 9, 10 or 11, you can grow your own clementine oranges.  The tree can be purchased from a nursery and you should be sure to choose one that has a larger trunk and dark leaves.  It is also recommended to check how firm the roots are to make sure that the tree does not have root rot.

When choosing a location to plant your tree, it is important that the soil drains well and that the area receives full sunlight.  The sun will maximize the growth of a citrus tree and ensure the quality of your clementine oranges.

It is a good idea to use a cold weather blanket to cover the fruit and leaves if the tree happens to be exposed to frost.  Also, if you happen to start growing the tree indoors, you should only transplant it while it is resting and not bearing fruit.  Clementine oranges should be stored at room temperature for maximum flavor and juiciness.