Tangelos are hybrid citrus fruits that are created by cross-breeding tangerines and grapefruits. The result is an easy-to-peel, sweet and incredibly juicy fruit that features all the best characteristics of its parent fruits. If you have a tangelo tree growing in your garden, all it takes to ensure successful cultivation is a bit of simple, common-sense care. Because tangelo trees are sensitive to frost, they grow best in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness Zones 9 and 10.
Things You'll Need
- Garden hose
- Citrus tree fertilizer
- Pruning saw or loppers
- Overwintering blanket
Water young tangelo trees once a week during the first growing season to promote the formation of a healthy root system. Apply approximately 1 inch of water each time you irrigate; forgo the weekly watering if your tangelo tree has received a comparable amount of rain. Water the tree as often as necessary to prevent the surrounding soil from drying completely.
Fertilize tangelo trees annually in the early spring to provide the nutrients necessary for healthy foliage and fruit development. Apply a specially formulated citrus tree fertilizer, according to label directives, as soon as you spot new spring growth.
Prune tangelo trees in the late winter or early spring to remove problem branches, encourage energetic growth and increase air flow to the canopy. Cut diseased, damaged or dead branches from your tree with sharpened and sterilized pruning shears or loppers. Remove any crossed or rubbing tree branches to improve air circulation. Cut off any sprouts growing at the base of the tangelo tree to allow it to focus its energy on healthy fruit production.
Provide winter protection for tangelo trees when the overnight temperature is forecast to drop below 20 degrees F. Wrap an overwintering blanket around the tree and secure it with a couple of wooden clothespins; remove the blanket during the day to prevent the tree from overheating.