Plant Care Mandarin orange

Mandarin orange

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Mandarin orange has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet

About Mandarin orange

Mandarin orange is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a pest magnet with a whopping 157 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Mandarin orange likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Citrus x reticulata
Citrus
Rutaceae
Sapindales

Also known as

Unshu orange, Tangerine, Mandarine orange, Mandarin and Mandarine

How to care for Mandarin orange

💦 Water

How often to water your Mandarin orange

Water needs for Mandarin orange
0.5 cups
every 9

Mandarin orange needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Mandarin orange

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mandarin orange in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mandarin orange: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mandarin orange love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Mandarin orange does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mandarin orange in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mandarin orange

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mandarin orange: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Mandarin orange after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Mandarin orange is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Mandarin orange →

Common Mandarin orange Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Mandarin orange prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Mandarin orange Water Frequency →

Mandarin orange Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mandarin orange requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Mandarin orange Light Requirements →

Mandarin orange Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Mandarin orange doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Mandarin orange Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Mandarin orange does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Mandarin orange →


💩 Fertilizer

Mandarin orange grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Mandarin orange →


🌎 Native Region

Mandarin orange is native to Southeast Asia and Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Mandarin orange will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Mandarin orange →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Mandarin orange can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mandarin orange Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Mandarin orange

Mandarin orange

Mandarin orange


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Mandarin orange has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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globe Seoul
01/07/2022

It’s a cute citrus tree

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globe Austin, TX
05/27/2021

Grew this one from a seed! Very rewarding!

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