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Buddha's Hand - Matured and Grafted

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Buddha's Hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis)

*Most of the plants are currently flowering, some with teeny fruit on.

The Buddha's Hand or as its commonly known  as the Fingered Citron is cultivated as an ornamental plants, perfect if your space is limited as this plants love being in a pot. 

In China, the Buddha's hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity, and good fortune. It is also a traditional temple offering and a New Year's Gift. The shape of the plant is so unique making it a testament to your beautiful garden. 

Unlike other citrus fruits, most varieties of the Buddha's hand fruit contain no pulp or juice. Though esteemed chiefly for its "exquisite form and aroma", the Buddha's hand fruit can also be eaten (often as a zest or flavouring) in desserts, savory dishes, and alcoholic beverages (such as vodka or rice liquor) or candied as a sweet. The sliced, dried peel of immature fruits is also prescribed as a tonic in traditional medicine.

Plant Care  

Sun

They prefer full sun but in the warm areas of the country will handle some shade. 

Water

Need water regularly especially during summer. Water newly planted trees once or twice per week deeply. 

Soil

Well-draining slightly acidic soils. Use high quality organic mix

Fertilizer

Citrus are heavy nutrient feeders, use a high nitrogen NPK fertiliser. Apply 200g at the drip line (2/3 in spring and 1/3 in summer) increasing this by 200g per year until you are applying 2kg. Apply manure in the autumn spread under the tree with mulch.

Wind

Not very wind tolerant but reasonably tolerant to salty marine conditions. 

Frost

Need protection from frost.

Fruiting

1-3 years after planting for grafted plant

Pruning

Citrus are not trained to any particular shape, some varieties do not need any shaping at all. Prune to shape if necessary and any dead or diseased branches. They will tolerate heavy cutting back. Also remove any sucker growth. 

 

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