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Feb 18, 2010 04:07 PM

Does anyone in the Bay Area (or a similar climate) have a tangerine tree?

At party during the holidays, I met someone who'd brought a big bowl of homegrown tangerines. She'd just moved into a house in Oakland with a large, established tree. Unfortunately, she didn't know anything about it. I have a few citrus trees (lemons and limes) in pots, but I always assumed tangerines require more heat than my Berkeley garden can provide. Is anyone around here or in a similar climate growing tangerines? I'd love any growing tips and especially any thoughts about which varieties are the tastiest. Also any info from people growing other kinds of citrus. Thanks.

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  1. I have a mandarin orange tree I planted 5 years ago. It grows slow and produces not so much yet but what it produces is very sweet. I have it directly planted with only half day sun so that may have some thing to do with the slow growth and production? I am in the South Bay and we have a warmer summer than you do. I also have some dwarf limes that do very well directly planted.

    1. I know this isn't going to be helpful parents in Union City have a large tangerine tree that's well over a decade (if not more---my memory fails me) old. Knowing my parents they probably didn't baby it much. (My dad's pruning techniques have always been more about hacking.) U.C. is somewhat less foggy than Berkeley, but it's not quite like SJ either.