Learn how to grow calamansi in this guide. Growing calamansi is rewarding. Its exotic citrus like fragrance and mix of tangy, sweet flavor of lime and tangerine of its fruit makes it a worth fruit tree.
USDA Hardiness Zones — 9 – 11, *can be grown in containers in cooler zones
Difficulty — Moderate
Other Names — calamonding, calamondin orange, calamansi, calamandarin, golden lime, kalamunding, kalamansi, Philippine lime, Panama orange, Chinese orange, musk orange and acid orange.
Family — Rutaceae
Genus — Citrofortunella
Temperature— 60 – 90 F is optimum growing temperature
Propagation Method — Seeds, cuttings
Calamansi is a tropical fruit of citrus variety, sized between orange and lime. This small fruit tree grows mostly in South East Asia. It is mostly grown for ornamental purposes in other parts of the world. Calamansi bears smaller fruits than orange which are sour, a little bit sweeter and juicy in taste.
Calamansi tree grows in warm tropical and subtropical climate. The growing conditions are similar to that of other citrus trees.
Requirements for Growing Calamansi
Growing calamansi in full sun is required for healthy growth. Proper exposure to sun and temperature improves productivity.
Calamansi grows well in dry soil that doesn’t retain moisture and remains waterlogged.
Water deeply but only when the top layer of soil dries out, calamansi plant doesn’t like wet feet.
How to Plant Calamansi
If your climate is frost free and remains warm throughout the year, plant it outside. If you live below USDA Zone 9b, it is better to plant it in a container.
Fertilize your calamansi plant every other month during the growing period with liquid fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen and potassium.
It starts to bear fruits after two-three years of growing calamansi plant and produce them throughout the year intermittently (*in tropics). You can either harvest them young when the color of peel looks variegated pale green or wait until they fully ripen and resemble orange like color.