Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors(hardy down to 30℉) 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-12 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- November - December
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus Reticulata
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, AL, DC
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The Nation's Favorite Tangerine
The Dancy Tangerine was developed in Florida in 1867, and has thrived in popularity while becoming mass-produced all over the country. The low maintenance qualities of the Dancy Tangerine made it famous, and its flavor kept it in the spotlight.
With every bite of a Dancy Tangerine you will find a sweet citrus flavor that’s followed by a tart aftertaste. Dancy Tangerines are spicy, with a lower level of acidity than oranges; therefore they have a sweeter flavor, that’s not too sour or bitter.
Dancy Tangerines are the perfect snack to take on the go. Their thin rind is easy to peel and the tangerine slices are easy to pull apart without making a mess.
Take them to work and send a few with your kids so everyone can have a healthy and delicious snack without any hassle. Because the Dancy Tangerine is a heavy producer, you will have tons of fruit to share.
Grow Dancy Tangerines anywhere. If you live outside of its recommended growing zones 9 – 11, plant your tree in a container and bring it indoors when the weather gets cold.
Dancy Tangerines flourish in both the ground and in containers. By only growing to about 10 feet tall, they can fit anywhere and provide beauty as an ornamental tree in the garden, on the porch and inside of your home.
The leaves give off a sweet citrus scent that will fill the room, and it only intensifies when the Dancy Tangerine covers itself with tons of fragrant white blooms. They are stunning to look at and even better to smell. They will fill the space with an all-natural, sweet and clean floral scent.
It’s fun to watch Dancy Tangerines grow as their fruit reaches maturity. They start off green and turn a dark shade of red orange when they’re ready to be harvested around March. You won’t be able to resist harvesting your fresh Dancy Tangerines and snacking on them right away.
Dancy Tangerine Tree Pollination
Dancy Tangerine Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Dancy Tangerine Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Planting & Care
The Dancy tangerine tree (Citrus Reticulata ‘Dancy') is a smaller citrus tree reaching a mature height and width of 10-12 feet, but can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. It loves heat and humidity and thrives in zones 9-11, but can also be grown in a pot and brought indoors during the winter months. The green, glossy leaves make for a beautiful background against the fragrant flowers in the spring. Packed with vitamin C and fiber, the juicy, sweet fruit also has a deep red-orange flesh that is thin and easy to peel, making it a perfect snack for anyone on the go. Ready for harvesting around November-December, the Dancy Tangerine is self-fertile, but pair it with another tree for a higher yield of fruits.
Seasonal Information: Dancy trees will do best in warmer climates as it is classified as a tropical plant. Zones 8 to 11 are ideal for outdoor planting. However, if you do experience cold winters, plant your Dancy tree in a container and bring it inside for the fall and winter seasons. We recommend planting in Spring through Fall for outdoors since they are sensitive to colder temperatures.
Selecting a location: Choose a location where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. They can tolerate some shade, but thrive in full sun. You’ll want to ensure trees are spaced 8-10 feet apart if planting more than one. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity so you may also need to create humidity for your tree by misting the leaves daily with water. Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity but placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant will feed humidity to the tree as the water evaporates.
Planting Directions (in Ground): If you are located in zones 8-11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your Dancy will do well being planting outside in the ground. Be sure the area has well draining soil.
1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root system.
2) Place the tree in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-drained, acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you backfill the hole to cut back on any pockets from forming.
4) After planting, be sure to give your Dancy tree a deep watering for about 5 minutes. Mulching around the tree will help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm in the colder winter months as well.
Planting Instructions (potted): If your winter temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees, plant your tree in a container that can easily be brought outside in the summer months and inside in the winter. A planter with built-in casters is a good choice so it can easily be moved. Choose a pot slightly larger than what it was shipped in that has plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil preferably recommended for acid loving citrus plants.
1) Fill your pot halfway with soil. Remove the tree from its original pot and gently place it in the potting soil.
2) Fill in around the tree with the remainder of the potting soil but be sure not to cover the grafted area of the tree. Leave about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
3) Lightly pack down the soil. Immediately after planting, give your tree a deep watering until it flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
4) Place your tree in an area of your home, preferably a south-facing window, where it is going to get plenty of sunlight. Supplement with a grow light if it will not receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. You may also need to create humidity for your tree by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles or misting the leaves daily with water.
Pollination assistance: You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand since most people do not keep a healthy bee population within their home. Simply take a small, dry, fine tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. Do this once daily and don’t wash the paintbrush until after the blooms have been pollinated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit will begin to form.
Watering: Dancys do not like wet feet. Be sure to give your tree a deep watering so that it can penetrate into the root system. After watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Yellowing and droopy leaves is a common sign of over watering while brown, dry leaves are a sign of under watering. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds.
For potted Dancys, stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When ready to water, stop once you see it escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.
Fertilization: Feed your Dancy tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus specific fertilizer once every six weeks. Espoma Citrus Tone is highly recommended but any organic fertilizer specifically for citrus should suffice. This will help keep your tree on a healthy growth cycle but also replenish the nutrients in the soil. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2-3 months. Once the tree has matured a bit and has got a few years on it, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted Dancy trees as well. Make sure to follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.
Pruning: Pruning can be done at any time of the year for in ground planted Dancys except in the winter. Make 45-degree angle cuts to remove dead or crossing limbs and also to thin out the tree to allow more light to flow between the branches. “Leggy” looking branches may indicate that there is not enough light getting to the tree’s interior. After the tree fruits, remove any dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree. Remove suckers as they form/grow from the base as they will steal away nutrients from the primary trunk of the tree. Pruning can be done at any time of the year for the potted Dancy.
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