Buddha’s hand, a citrus fruit in the shape of a hand


Marc-Henri Doyon of the Plant nursery 85 presents us with a citrus fruit whose fruits take the strange shape of a hand. In this video, he develops the cultivation advice that will allow you to obtain these strange fruits.

Origins and use of the Buddha’s hand

Buddha’s hand is a citrus native to Southeast Asia.

Its origin implies a need for warmth and a always fresh earth to grow well. Its resistance to cold is estimated at -3, or even -5 ° C over a very short period of time. The hand of Buddha is particularly suitable for confectionery because only the zest is used. The albédo (white part) present in quantity under the skin has the capacity to be saturated with sugars when it is going to be candied.

Buddha Hand Cultivation Conditions

The hand of Buddha is not resistant to cold, but cannot be grown indoors all year round. A container culture will allow it to overwinter during the cold season in a frost-free room. It will be released as soon as any risk of frost has been ruled out.

Brightness

This citrus fruit will be placed in full sun north of the Loire. In the South, he prefers a sunny in the morning and shaded in the afternoon to avoid burns on the foliage.

Substrate

Compose a mixture of 1/3 garden soil, 1/3 citrus potting soil and 1/3 compost.

Repotting

The repotting is carried out in the spring, however, it is not useful to repot every year. It is possible to perform a surfacing with compost every other year to avoid repotting. The hand of Buddha does not have a very harmonious form, trim the ends of the stems when you repot so that the plant can branch out. A 5 cm larger pot will do the trick.

If you prefer to keep the same pot, deposit the plant, scrape the soil 5 cm around the roots and replace the soil removed with the mixture mentioned above. The aerial part will have to be reduced there too.

Fertilizer

Scratch some compost throughout the year. Beware of overdose, withfertilizer special citrus!

Strictly observe the doses and frequencies recommended on the packaging.

Watering

The hand of Buddha appreciates a ground or a substrate fresh, never soggy. Never leave water in the cup.

Parasites

Shield mealybugs or floury can attack and suck the sap from the plant. They produce honeydew on which often grows the fumagine, a micro-champignon forming a black layer on the leaves. Use a 5% black soap solution for the rest of the water and remove the cochineals using a soaked cotton ball. Then rinse.

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Source: Au Jardin, conseils en jardinage by www.aujardin.info.

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