Botanical name: Citrus x aurantium
Crown and root system: This is an evergreen tree with a round, intermediate crown. Its root system is non-invasive.
Growing regions: Most parts of the country except for those with extreme climatic conditions, hot or cold.
Ripening date: Throughout the summer months; the exact date depends on the variety.
Planting in a container: May be planted in a container, in a place that is protected from winds and accessible to insects to promote pollination.
Recommended planting season: All year round.
Special care: We recommend using Confidor as a preventive treatment in early spring, according to manufacturer’s instructions (the compound can be bought in any agricultural supply store).
Varieties sold at the nursery:
Michal: This variety ripens first (October-December), is orange-red in color, easy to peel with a high sugar content and very juicy.
Orr: Ripens later (January-March). Has an orange-yellow color, the fruit has a delicate sweetness and few seeds.
Odem: Ripens at the same time as the Orr variety, it is orange-red in color and easy to peel. It has a sweet flavor and few seeds.
Good to know:
The clementine was created in the 19th century by a French Algerian cleric, Brother Clément Rodier, as a cross between the Mediterranean tangerine (mandarin variety) and the bitter orange. The resulting hybrid fruit was name “clementine” after him.