8 Reasons To Grow Calamondin Citrus Trees
The calamondin citrus, originally from China, is a decorative tree with a fruit that resembles a small tangerine. There are many uses for this particular tree.
The calamondin citrus tree blooms all year providing the visual display of fruit and blossoms as well as a pleasant aroma.
Calamondin citrus trees mature into an attractive and ornamental tree.
They are often used as a dooryard tree and can tolerate being in a tub or container. This allows people in colder regions to be able to enjoy them as well.
3. Working Tree
It takes the better part of a year for the fruit of the calamondin citrus tree to ripen, so it will actually look better longer than other types of citrus trees.
4. Usable Fruit
The juice has acidic properties resembling lemons and limes and can be used in the same manner.
It is used to make beverages, flavoring fish, and used as an added flavoring in cakes, pies, preserves, sauces, and marmalades. It can also be used in soups and teas.
5. Good for Hair Too
An easy and natural hair conditioner can be made from the juice of the calamondin citrus. Just cut the fruit into thin slices and pour in about one quart of boiling water and steep.
When the mixture is cool you can use it as a final conditioning rinse.
6. Laundry and Personal Hygiene Aid
The people of the Philippines found even more uses for the calamondin citrus.
They use the juice as a fabric pre soak to remove ink stains. Some even use the juice as a deodorant!
7. Medicinal Uses
Calamondin citrus has found several medicinal uses. The juice, when rubbed on insect bites, will relieve the itching and reduce the irritation.
It has also been found as a natural acne medicine. It is still used orally as cough medicine and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
For problems with constipation the juice is warmed and diluted with water.
8. Easy to Grow
The flowers of the calamondin citrus trees do not require cross-pollination as they are self-fertile.
These trees can be easily grown from seeds or cuttings and can begin to produce year round fruit by the age of two years.
There are certainly many more reasons that make the calamondin citrus a good choice to grow, but for many, it is just simply a nice looking tree.