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These trees produce spectacular looking fruits that are prized for their appearance and powerful aroma of both blossom and fruit. Very aromatic the fruit emits strong citrus notes that emanate from this alien looking centrepiece. Fruits have no juice and just peel Zest is added to vegetables or in baking and infuses very well into flavour vinegar, salt, sugar, syrup and sweet alcohol like 'cellos.
The trees are suitable for growing indoors or outdoors in pots. Buddha's Hands are sensitive to temperatures below 5ÂºC. These trees must be over winter indoors were the temperature doesn't reach below 5ÂºC.
All trees have a length between 60-70cm (including pot) and are in a 22cm pot (diameter).
Re-pot in spring and early summer, use a pot 25% larger than the existing one, for best results use a compost designed for use with citrus that is free draining and acidic. Prune to the desired shape, controlling fast growing shoots, that occasionally grow much quicker than the rest of the plant, by pruning to match surrounding growth. A round, bushy appearance is the most common form for citrus trees and they will often take on this shape with little intervention. Capable of reaching heights of 5m, they can easily be controlled to maintain a smaller size.
Water well so all compost in the pot is hydrated and allow compost to dry right out before watering again. This is a more suitable approach than watering little and often, never allow plants to stand in water. Like all citrus they are hungry plants so feed regularly with a citrus fertilizer following the products instructions.
Traditional citrus pests are red spider mite, aphid, leaf miner and scale insects. Mostly treatable with a soap based spray, it is good practice to rinse the plant with these once a month to prevent build up.
Blossom usually appears in summer (first year) and spring second year. Buddha's Hands are self-fertile, fruits are very dark green initially, even a little purple, they quickly take on their unique many fingered appearance. Maturing as days shorten and temperatures drop, the fruits will usually ripen to large, yellow fruits in time for Christmas.
The trees are shipped with the greatest care in a large plant box. However, it can happen that a branch break. Do not worry, the tree will start sprouting within a few months.
Because of the size of the trees, we cannot ship them to a pick-up point.
For countries other than the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, fresh products and these trees cannot be combined. Please order these separately. They will be shipped separately.