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Buddah's Hand

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A small, very ornamental tree that produces large fruit shaped like a hand. The fruit are all rind with no juice, and can be used in cooking. When ripe, the fruit can be picked, placed in your house as a natural air freshener, emitting a beautiful scent.

Ripens June - August


Rootstock options:

Trifoliata (Standard) - Tree will grow to around 3 meters high, and 2.5 meters wide. Best option if you have plenty of space, and want a full sized tree.

Flying Dragon (Dwarf) - Tree will grow to around 1.8 meters high, and 1.8 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. 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Elizabeth Lichtnecker
RIP Timi and Lola

As T and L were the most wonderful pussy cats I wanted something special to mark there graves. Thinking if they had a religion it would be Buddhist and citrus grows so well here in the Manawatu. I did have a huge job tracking a supplier in the NI (i had one in my garden in Blenheim) but Facebook came up with you guys. The little tree was well packed and had travelled well from KeriKeri to Palmy North. Thank you so much

Angela Railton
Health plant

Good service healthy plant

Amazing place and service!

I have now bought two plants from here, and am so impressed with the quality and service. Will definitely be back to buy more, what an amazing place 🥰

Danielle Ramsay

So easy to order, speedy delivery and excellently packaged. Would definitely use Flying Dragon Nursery again!

Gael Liddington
buddahs hand

Fabulous healthy bush,incredibly fast delivery,many thanks ,cheers ,Gael