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House Plant Index

OTAKEITE ORANGE
Citrus taitensis

Flowers Grown for decorative
Potting or re-potting time Only when rootbound
Position in garden during summer Light shade
Potting Mixture 4

The Otakeite orange is a handsome little tree often seen in florists' shops. It seldom grows too more than 3 feet in height. The small flowers are pink outside, white inside, but the plant is used for the orange-colored, lemon-shaped fruit, which studs the branches. The fruit is about 1 1/2 inches long and edible, although it is practically tasteless.

Moderate watering is sufficient, and a position where the sun reaches the plant for a few hours each day. A monthly application of manure water is helpful. Pruning should be limited to removing unsightly shoots and uneven growth.


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