The Calamansi tree usually grows in South East Asia. It not only has a nice smell, but also a beautiful appearance. Its growth requirements include a warm tropical and subtropical climate.
Calamansi has different uses, but apart from health and personal benefits, it can also add to the beauty of your home. Since it is not commonly available worldwide, here is a little guide as to how you can grow it in your home:
How to Grow the Calamansi Tree:
Calamansi trees grow best in soil that does not absorb moisture and remains dry. For Calamansi, you need soil that drains well, regardless of where you are growing. Hence, you must select soil and space with good drainage and sunlight.
Moreover, if you grow Calamansi in a small space, you need to have a good 18 inches of width and 24 inches of depth and if you are growing in a bigger space, you need to have a good 16 inches of width and depth.
How To Plant Calamansi Trees?
Just like an orange or lime, Calamansi has tiny seeds. The trick is to get the seeds out of a Calamansi fruit and pick the small ones.
For small spaces, poke holes into the soil using your finger or wooden spoons and plant the seeds in the holes. Whereas in a bigger space, dig a relatively deeper hole of about 30-50 cm wide and deep and fill it with seeds and soil.
What Are The Watering Needs Of A Calamansi Tree?
Calamansi requires tropical or subtropical weather to grow in, and the moister the soil is the better will be the Calamansi trees.
So the trick here is that if you want your Calamansi trees to have better and more beautiful flowers you need to keep them under the heat of the sun.
The watering needs of Calamansi require the soil to be damp. The best way to keep the soil damp is to water the soil when it gets dry.
What Amount Of Heat From Sunlight Does Calamansi Need?
Calamansi grows best when exposed to the stress of heat from the sun. Hence a good 6 hours of sunlight on a regular basis can help the Calamansi tree to grow better with a good amount of fruits.
Sunlight improves the productivity of the tree
What Are The Fertilization Needs Of Calamansi?
For a Calamansi tree, fertilization is one very important aspect. The best-suited fertilizer is nitrogenous fertilizers.
It needs to be fertilized after an interval of a couple of months during the growing process. Since it takes about three to five years to mature, you need to fertilize every four months with the fertilizer.
Initially start off with 2 to 3 ounces and gradually increase up to 7 to 10 on a yearly growth basis.
Moreover, you will also need to cultivate it with dry leaves or other organic matter to save moisture in the soil.
Do Calamansi Trees Attract Pests Or Insects?
Like any other trees, Calamansi too attracts pests and insects therefore close monitoring is what you might need.
How To Harvest the Calamansi Tree?
As mentioned earlier, a Calamansi tree takes up to three to five years to mature. The fruits start appearing in the first two to three years.
At this stage, they are of green color like that of a lime. Depending upon your liking, you can harvest them young or wait till they are fully ripe and get a nice yellow-orange.
The trick is to use scissors to cut them and leave a piece of stem attached to let the fruit stay fresh.
The Calamansi tree produces a lime-like orange-taste citrus-tropical fruit which is used to flavor fruit, drink and decorate spaces.
The appearance and aroma of Calamansi make it look like a tropical sweet kind of fruit, but in reality, the taste of Calamansi is really tart.
Calamansi fruit is used to make tropical juices like lemonade, but it could be called a Calamoande! Calamansi is packed with different nutrients like vitamin C and is an immunity booster.
It is common for a good kickstart to a day as a soothing substance for the stomach.
It is also commonly known for increasing metabolic rate and hence promoting weight loss as it has the ability to eliminate unhealthy fats in the body.
Calamansi also helps in controlling cholesterol levels and lessening acidity due to its high acidic content.
How Is Calamansi Fruit Eaten?
The inside of a Calamansi fruit is tart and citrusy. So the idea of eating a Calamansi can be acceptable if you eat it along with the peels. The skin of a Calamansi fruit is sweet and hence it balances and evens out the tartness of a Calamansi fruit.
Calamansi is a citrus fruit and can be used in place of lemon or lime when needed. Although people who used Calamansi in their dishes claimed that the taste Calamansi adds to their dishes is nothing compared to what lemon or lime does(in a good way).
Are Calamansi And Lemon The Same?
If you look at the two fruits, you will not see much difference except for the color. They both belong to the citrus family but lemon is usually bigger in size.
The number of seeds in a lemon is more than that of a Calamansi. Likewise, the flowers of a lemon tree are bigger than that of a Calamansi.
Calamansi is said to have a better taste than other citrus fruits. It’s time to say hello to Calamansi as your new favorite tropical fruit.
The day when the menu card will have this fruit is not far away! It not only has health benefits, but can also be used in different areas of our daily lives(even as a skincare routine). So what’s the wait for? Grab your Calamansi trees now!
Other Exotic Fruits:
- Barbados Cherry
- Florida Pomelo
- Egg Fruit
- Tuna Fruit
- White Guava
- Black Sapote
- Golden Kiwi
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