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Can You Grow Tangerine Trees From the Seeds?

Updated February 21, 2017

Tangerines are sweet, juicy wintertime fruits rich in Vitamin C. Trees are easy to start from seeds, but make sure your seeds are from an heirloom or non-hybrid variety.

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Collecting Seeds

Determine the variety of tangerine, or mandarin, from which you plan to collect seeds. For example, the old-fashioned Dancy tangerine is an heirloom tree whose seeds will grow into a plant identical to its parent ("true to type"), unlike hybrid varieties. Allow one fruit to remain on the tree until it begins to shrivel a bit or even drop to the ground. Then scoop out the seeds and rinse off the pulp.

Dry the Seeds

Place your clean seeds on a piece of screen propped up with bricks or boards. Leave them in a warm, dark, dry, well-ventilated area for one to two weeks and then plant them in a prepared medium immediately.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Fill small pots with a mixture of 8 parts potting soil and 1 part each of peat moss, vermiculite and sand. Plant seeds a half-inch deep. If you are using a 3-inch pot, plant one seed in the centre. If your pot is larger, plant seeds 1 inch apart. Water well and cover with clear plastic, into which you have poked a few holes. Keep pots in a sunny area at about 21.1 degrees Celsius. Remove the plastic after you see germination. Transplant seedlings to larger pots when they are 2 to 3 inches tall.

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About the Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.

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