Here’s someone who picked up my old post on my Calamansi (calamondin) tree, Cali:
I was interested in reading about your calamondin tree, and thought I would tell you about mine. I have had one in my yard for over forty years. About twenty years ago we had a hard freeze one night (the only one I can remember in my part of South Georgia!). My tree had hundreds of fruit on it. It froze during the freeze—-fruit, limbs, and trunk. I had my yardman cut the trunk down to about one foot high. For ten years, it was dormant. My yardman wanted to dig it up, as he was tired of having to mow around it, but I wouldn’t let him dig it up. One day I noticed two tiny twigs coming out from the stump. Through the years the two twigs continued to grow. For several years I would throw a sheet over it if I heard that we might have a hard freeze, but we didn’t have one after that one terrible one that killed my beautiful tree. Finally it got too big for me to throww a sheet over, so I have just left it to fend for itself. Today it is a tall as my house (one-story) and has as many oranges on it as it had before it froze. There are oranges on it almost year round. The fruit is not bad when sprindled with salf, if one likes tart things. Do you know of anything they can be used for besides marmalade? It seems such a waste to see such beautiful fruit just rotting on the ground. Ann Aparker
Ann — unfortunately, my poor Cali has been out in the cold and might’ve been done in by the first snowfall we had over the weekend. Your post is a blessing because I will make sure to bring him in tonight (He is still small enough to be in a pot and to put on top of one of my heaters at home) and will hopefully recover. My Cali has been pretty resilient.
I will do a separate posting on the things we Filipinos do with our calamansi or calamondin. Watch out for that.