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Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery

Mandarin - Bay Zest

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Bay Zest is a medium sized Mandarin/Tangerine hybrid with an excellent flavour, which is rich, juicy and sweet. The name Zest comes from its tanginess at the start of the season, which weakens after the first month of the harvest period. This variety was developed in NZ, and its perfect for growing in our conditions here. This variety has a long fruiting season, which ripens in July through to October, when not many other citrus are harvested apart from grapefruit.

Ripens: July - October

Rootstock options:

Trifoliata (Standard) - Tree will grow to around 2-3 meters high, and 2 meters wide. Best option if you have plenty of space, and want a full sized tree.

Flying Dragon (Dwarf) - Tree will grow to around 1.5 meters high, and 1.5 meters wide. Best option for growing in a container/pot, small garden, or for those who like a uniform, manicured citrus tree look.

The fruit produced on both rootstocks is exactly the same, as the grafted scion is from the same mother plant. These different rootstocks mainly control the tree size, but also both have fantastic pest, disease and cold resistance, and are the best for helping you grow citrus trees in New Zealand's climate.

Citrus Care Tips

Watering: Citrus plants should be watered deeply once or twice a week, depending on the soil and weather conditions. Water the plant until the soil is evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely, as this can cause the leaves to yellow and drop.

Fertilising: Feed citrus plants with a balanced fertiliser (such as a 10-10-10 formula) every month during the growing season (spring and summer). Alternatively, you can use a slow-release fertiliser or a liquid fertiliser. Citrus plants also benefit from the addition of compost or well-rotted manure to the soil.

Pruning: Prune citrus plants to remove dead or damaged branches, and to shape the plant as desired. Pruning also helps to encourage new growth and keep the plant healthy. Use clean, sharp pruning tools to make precise cuts.

Pest control: Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and mites, which can damage citrus plants. These pests can be controlled through the use of natural methods such as introducing beneficial insects, or by using pesticides as a last resort

Sunlight: Citrus plants need plenty of sunlight to grow and produce fruit. In most cases, a location with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day is ideal. However, be sure to provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day to prevent the leaves from burning.

 Soil: Citrus plants prefer well-draining, slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5. If your soil is not suitable, you can improve it by adding compost or peat moss to increase the organic matter content.

Pollination: Citrus plants are self-pollinating, which means that they do not need to be pollinated by another plant in order to produce fruit. However, the presence of bees and other pollinators can help to improve the quality and quantity of fruit. To attract pollinators, consider planting flowering plants near your citrus trees.

Temperature: Citrus plants thrive in warm temperatures and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, as long as they are protected from frost. 

Mulching: Mulch around the base of your citrus plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Use a mulch that is well-draining, such as wood chips or pine needles. Avoid using a mulch that is too thick, as this can prevent water and air from reaching the roots.

Pruning for fruit production: To encourage fruit production, prune your citrus plant to allow for good air circulation and sunlight penetration. Remove any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other, as well as any branches that are diseased or damaged.

Pesticide use: If you need to use pesticides on your citrus plant, be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully. Wear protective clothing, such as gloves and a mask, to avoid exposure. Avoid applying pesticides when pollinators are present, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling pesticides.
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery
Mandarin - Bay Zest - flyingdragonnursery

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Warwick Goodson
Customer Service

I am pleased to confirm that I recently purchased a plant from Flying Dragon Nursery. Very friendly and informative, I was thoroughly impressed with their online selection and would rate them as “ One of the Best “ in New Zealand - having no hesitation recommending them to all plant enthusiasts.

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Maria
Amazing service and quality

Was worried about ordering online and having a plant I'd never seen delivered - but I needn't have been concerned. My citrus arrived quickly, very well packaged and the quality was better than I've seen in the local garden centres currently. Thanks so much flying dragon, my first purchase from. you, but not my last - I'm sure I can squeeze a few more fruit trees in!

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Gillian
Mandarin tree

Well packaged and delivered in 4 days to the South Island. Plant leaves were a bit yellow which may have been due to it being winter or it may have needed some fertiliser. Would buy again though as still happy.

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sidney hammond

Fast delivery and the plants arrived in good order and i messed up my order on line rang them up and they fixed it for me Thanks very much a pleasure doing business with yours