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Mineola Naartjie Tree


The minneola tree is a tangelo hybrid between a mandarin naartjie and a grapefruit. It is also known as a honeybell. The fruit is round with a dark-orange rind and a prominent neck. Minneolas are large, about the size of a fist.

They’re juicy and easier to peel than oranges since their skin is slightly looser.

They don’t self-fruit easily, so they do best when interplanted with other good pollenisers like tangerines. They contain fibre, protein and vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and contributes to more youthful skin.

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Position – Plant your minneola tree in a sunny area with lots of space in a spot that doesn’t get too much wind (especially during fruiting and flowering).

Size – At maturity, this tree is about 3 to 6 metres high, with a canopy width of 1.8 to 6.5 metres.

Soil Type –The minneola is hardier than most citrus trees and does well in any soil type if it drains well (it doesn’t become waterlogged). A pH of 6.5 is ideal for all citrus fruit trees.

Mulch – Spread about 8 centimetres of organic mulch on the ground underneath your tree; be careful to pull it 20 centimetres away from the tree trunk to prevent water from accumulating. Straw, cut grass, shredded leaves, compost and wood chips make good mulch. This retains the moisture in the soil and keeps weeds at bay.

Watering – Your soil should be kept moist but not wet. Water young trees once a week during the dry summer months. You should only water them enough as they age to ensure the deeper soil surrounding the roots remains moist.

Fertilising – A fertiliser specifically for citrus plants will help the minneola tangelo to thrive. Follow the package instructions.

Pruning – Generally, this tree doesn’t need to be pruned. Of course, dead, diseased, or damaged boughs should be removed. Suckers on the base of the trunk and the branches should be taken off too. Pruning should be done towards the end of spring.

Harvesting Pick and enjoy your sweet fruits during late September early October. When they are ready, their skin is a dark-orange colour. Pick them as soon as they are ready. Leaving them on the tree for too long will hinder the next season’s growth.

Weight 1 kg
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