Peel it back and take a bite. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. He can’t answer all questions personally, but you can talk to him live on his Sunday morning radio show, Plain Gardening for the Gulf Coast, at 10 a.m. on 106.5 FM. Begin harvesting when the first few mandarins become ripe and harvest the rest over a week or two. University of California-Riverside: College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: Citrus Variety Collection: The History of Satsuma, Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension: Satsuma, Dave’s Garden: Plant Files: Satsuma Orange, Unshu Orange, Dwarf Algerian Tangerine Tree Information, Descriptions of the Different Kinds of Orange Trees. Older trees with a better cover of leaves don’t seem to suffer as much — my oldest tree, which used to suffer some bronzing nearly every year, hasn’t displayed an outbreak for several years. And it’ll tell you all you need to know. Because you’ll be planting in spring, you’ll need to watch the watering carefully the first year. Ever. Well, you won’t know until you’ve had one. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. It’s best if your trees have plenty of time to get adjusted and settled in after planting, and its very important that your trees grow as rapidly as possible those first few years. A satsuma won’t get very tall, but it will get very wide, often twice as wide as it is tall. Early spring, or near the end of March, is the best time for satsuma tree planting. What’s wrong? Late spring should be the latest you plant a satsuma tree, either in a container or outdoors. During a couple of earlier years it was exposed to freezes and other years the blooms were subjected to high winds and rain. unshiu), sometimes called the satsuma tangerine, is the most cold-hardy fruit-producing citrus available to U.S. gardeners, according to the Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension service. The satsuma mandarin is self-fertile: Its flowers have both male and female parts, so it doesn’t need another tree for pollination. The orange color on a satsuma peel isn’t at all related to the ripeness of the fruit. if ($(window).width() < 1025) { I suspect that a major reason all three of these varieties perform so well here is that they mature at a perfect time, during the warm days and cool nights of mid- to late November. 5. 2. If you want a really healthy tree, make sure that your tree produces NO fruits the first year, and absolutely no more than a couple of fruits per year until the fourth year. In apples and pears this can be a serious and difficult problem to correct. But that mid to late November maturity date is just a broad guide, because some years (and I suspect this may be one of those years) the quality may develop a little earlier. Why did all the flowers fall off my satsuma? Satsuma trees are evergreen. Judging by recent emails and the call-ins Sunday morning to the Plain Gardening radio show, a lot of you have satsumas on the brain, as well. But of course they would! is there something wrong with the tree or is it just to early to expect anything out of it, I planted two satsuma trees 6 years ago and the fruit that I get is 3 to 4 inches in diameter and not very sweet or juicy My neighbor has two trees and the fruit is 2 inches in diameter and they are very juicy and sweet. Are all satsumas the same? The classic satsuma, Owari, typically starts getting really good about the middle of November, and just continues to improve well into December. Posted by Taurus on 4/21/15 at 7:58 pm to LSURoss What I have found to help produce lots of fruit yearly: Not exposed to north wind, heavy watering, till manure/fertilizer before/during blooming. Satsumas are insipid when they develop in the warm fall nights of Orlando; they’re inevitably killed by cold when grown in areas more than 50 to 75 miles or so from the coast. Q. Satsuma Trees. You’ll need about 5 to 10 pounds of cottonseed meal per tree, which is roughly 10 to 20 percent of a 50 pound bag, or two or three gallons. This allows the fruit to be stored and transported. (Press-Register, Bill Finch). The name 'Satsuma' comes from the province in Japan where trees were grown that were first introduced to the West.