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Pomelo - Chandler

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This variety yields exceptionally large pomelos with vibrant yellow skin and flesh. When allowed to fully ripen, the Chandler offers a delightful taste, boasting minimal to no tartness and a sweet pomelo flavor. The tree itself is stunning, adorned with larger flowers compared to other citrus varieties, guaranteeing an amazing fragrance. Furthermore, it generously bears a bountiful harvest of massive fruit, making it a true conversation starter.

To grow the Chandler Pomelo in NZ and yield top quality fruit, you need to exert a bit more effort than with regular citrus. Due to the substantial size of its fruit, regular fertilisation is crucial. A well-balanced organic fertiliser, possibly supplemented with a bit of extra blood bone and general citrus fertiliser throughout the growing season is highly recommended. Regular watering is also required during fruiting and the summer months. Mulching your tree will help balance soil temperatures and moisture, as well as feeding the tree, and will do wonders for your fruit harvest.

You also need to maximize sun exposure, as abundant sunlight is essential for optimal growth. Additionally, it is crucial to remove the fruit during the first few seasons. Allowing the tree to divert its energy towards fruit production may hinder its overall growth. For a small tree producing large fruit, this is a serious consideration. 

Rootstock options:

Trifoliata (Standard) - Tree will grow to around 3-3.5 meters high, and 2.5-3 meters wide. The best option if you have plenty of space, and want a full-sized Pomelo tree. If you have the space, this option is recommended to get a larger crop each season.

Flying Dragon (Dwarf) - Tree will grow to around 1.8 meters high, and 1.8 meters wide. The 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 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.
Pomelo - Chandler - flyingdragonnursery
Pomelo - Chandler
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Raj Panikkar
Friendly, helpful and fast

Called beforehand and enquired about a couple of possible purchases. Response was excellent, friendly and helpful. Purchased soon after and plants were dispatched asap and arrived within a couple of days, in great condition. Excellent service

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Andrea Graham
healthy Pomelo from Flying Dragon nursery

such a lovely healthy plant. thanks Scott and Nirvan!