Ponkan Mandarin, Chinese Honey Orange (Citrus poonensis)

Ponkan Mandarin, Chinese Honey Orange (Citrus poonensis)

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Seize the opportunity for a new shot at luck when you grow Ponkan Mandarin (Citrus poonensis), also called cool tangerine, Batangas mandarin, Nagpur suntara, Swatow orange,  and Chinese Honey orange. Ponkan Mandarin quite literally takes the gold for fruit symbolism in Chinese culture, representing wealth, good fortune, and gold. In particular, mandarin fruit and plants are exchanged as gifts for the Chinese New Year.  However, anyone in pursuit of a little good fortune can grow Ponkan Mandarin for an auspicious start to Citrus gardening.

The Ponkan mandarin plant loves tropical climate conditions, which are said to be the key to encouraging its largest fruit yet. Its upright growth is easy to distinguish amid any citrus orchard. The Ponkan mandarin fruit is round, with a medium-thick rind that’s easy to peel, and has few seeds. Time is of the essence once the fruits of Ponkan Mandarin trees first ripen to a full orange color. Harvest fruits for a titillating flavor, like a tart sweetness that verges on sour candy.

Planting, cultural care, pruning, and harvesting are similar for all citrus plants, with a few slight variations. Generally, they are best planted in filtered sun with well-drained soil that can hold moisture and nutrients. Citrus trees a particularly high demand for nitrogen. If you’re fantasizing about long afternoons of picking fresh fruit from your personal citrus grove, keep this in mind: The key to growing citrus is setting it up for success from the start.

Plant Type:
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Main citrus fruit production will take place in late winter through spring, but may produce throughout the year

Mature Size:
7-30 ft

Mature size varies by citrus tree type. Overall, citrus varieties can be grown in containers and maintained at smaller sizes.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, citrus prefers slightly shady areas and has better fruit production in part shade lighting conditions.


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Although their fruit provides a distinctly tropical twist to any drink or dish, Citrus trees trees are actually very cold hardy fruit trees, taking temperatures down to the low 20's!

Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1 year.

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Dig Deeper

Sweet, tangy, juicy citrus fruit is more than just a delicious snack or an essential ingredient in your Sunday afternoon mimosas!

Citrus (especially oranges) is an amazing source of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps prevent and treat the common cold/upper respiratory infections and improve heart health. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own so you need to get it from fruits like citrus, fresh vegetables, berries, etc.

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