Bergamot tree Large
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"This Bergamot lime tree is also known as Citrus bergamia and is grafted onto a Citrus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' rootstock. Flying Dragon is one of the hardiest citrus trees available.
These trees are suitable for growing indoors or outdoors in pots. After two years from purchase, they can also be planted in the ground. They bloom in spring and, depending on the weather, can bear fruit within two years.
All trees have a height between 100-120cm (including pot) and were grafted at least 18 months ago.
For trees kept outdoors, we recommend planting them in a pot for the first two years and placing them in a sheltered spot during winter while protecting them from frost. Then, plant the tree in the ground in spring. Additionally, we recommend protecting the tree from severe frost for the next 3 years, for example, by wrapping it up.
Bergamot is a special hybrid citrus fruit, originating in Asia but known from Italy. It is probably a cross between a lime and a bitter lemon. The skin of this fruit is mainly used for its fragrant oils. Although the leaves can also be used as flavoring. There is also a bergamot herb of which the leaf is used.
Bergamot is also known from Earl Gray tea. Earl Gray is a black tea flavored with the oils from the skin of the bergamot fruit.
Plant the tree outdoors in a sunny, south-facing, sheltered location. Ensure loose soil. Clay soils should be mixed with sand to allow for good drainage. Water once or twice a week in dry conditions. The tree doesn't like constant wet feet.
In a pot, use freely draining compost, additional perlite or bark to improve drainage. Repot the plant every 1-2 years.
Flowering begins in autumn. However, most of the flowers will eventually drop off. This is the plant's way of regulating the number of fruits it can bear. For the first few years, it is advisable to remove as many flowers/fruits as possible. This allows the plant to allocate more energy to growth. Additionally, many of the branches are still too weak to bear fruit.
In a harsh winter, the flowers will not all make it and fall off.
To promote growth and health, we recommend providing citrus or olive tree fertilizer. If you choose a liquid variant, you'll need to administer it more frequently. Granules require less frequent application. Administer granules in spring and again in summer, which are the periods when the plant is most active.
The most common pests are aphids and mites. In a garden with many other plants, natural predators will be present enough. Additionally, you can spray the plant with water and a few drops of dish soap if these pests become too problematic.
In spring, new shoots will emerge. This is the moment to shape the plant. Below are two videos that explain how to do this effectively.
Be careful of the sharp thorns. They can be removed if they pose a danger.
The fruits are ripe when they begin to turn yellow. This usually happens at the end of the summer. They can be harvested green.
We only ship these tree to The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. For wholesale orders, please contact us. The trees are carefully shipped in a large plant box. However, it is possible that a branch may break. Don't worry, the tree will produce new shoots within a few months."