How to Transplant a Mandarin Orange Tree

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How to Transplant a Mandarin Orange Tree
Mandarin trees are smaller than other orange trees. (mandarines image by razorconcept from

Mandarin oranges are slightly smaller than traditional orange varieties, such as the navel. The colouring of their skin is a reddish-orange, similar to the tangerine, which is a member of the mandarin family. They also have thinner skins than other orange varieties and can be peeled without a knife. Potted mandarins should be transplanted every 12 to 16 months; outdoor mandarins only require transplanting if they outgrow their space.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Plant pot
  • Potting soil for citrus plants
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Stop watering the mandarin orange tree two days before you plan to transplant it. Dry soil helps the root ball hold together better.

  2. 2

    Choose a new container that is twice as large as the old container and has drainage holes in the bottom. If you are transplanting it to an outdoor space, choose an area with good drainage and six to eight hours of sunlight per day.

  3. 3

    Insert a shovel into the ground 2 feet away from the base of the mandarin tree and lean back to loosen the soil. Repeat the process all the way around the tree until you can lift the roots out of the ground. For potted trees, tip the pot on its side and gently pull the tree roots out of it.

  4. 4

    Loosen the soil on the root ball by gently rubbing it off with your hands.

  5. 5

    Fill the new pot with 2 to 3 inches of a citrus blend of potting soil and place the mandarin tree's roots into the pot. Fill the remainder of the pot in with soil. If you are planting outdoors, dig a hole that is 2 to 3 inches deeper than the root ball of the mandarin tree.

  6. 6

    Water the soil immediately until the ground around the mandarin tree is thoroughly saturated.

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