SneIrish's Citrus reticulata - Mandarin Orange - 'Clementine' x 1 Moved
My friend Gloria was eating a Clementine today and found one big plump seed. Knowing how I love to experiment, she wrapped it and gave it to me to plant. So cool! I potted it up as soon as I got home in professional potting mix, moistened, and placed under the grow lights. Did a little research, and found that although mandarin oranges do grow true from seed, the hybrid Clementines do not. Doesn’t really matter much to me, I’m not counting on getting any fruit – just a nice house plant citrus tree, with maybe some pretty fragrant flowers.
Citrus reticulata ‘Clementine’
Primarily grown in Spain and Northern Africa, Clementines gained popularity in the United States after the 1997 Florida freeze.
Father Clement Rodier, a missionary priest in Algeria, is said to have discovered and named them in 1902. Some track the origin centuries before to the Chinese variety called the Canton Mandarin.