• Citron, cedar

    Family - Route. Citron is a small shrub, in rooms - not more than 1 m.

    The leaves are smooth, hard. Flowers - large, purple-white with a strong aroma. Fruit - large, up to 1 - 1.5 kg, oval, in color resembles a lemon. The flesh of the fruit is thick( 2-3 cm), the lobules are very small with sour juice. Fruits are used for making candied fruits and jam.

    The citron is a very rare, but very original fingered citron. He is appreciated for his beauty and fragrance. In India, he was nicknamed the Hand of Buddha.

    ♦ Accommodation. The plant requires a year-round bright, sunny location. The maximum of light and heat.

    If possible from the end of May to September take out to the air in the garden, on the balcony, in the loggia. In winter, keep in a bright room with a temperature of +4 - + 6 ° C.

    The most heat-loving plant from all citrus, very attractive in winter gardens and offices, regularly fructifies. In the room, it should be placed so that a delicate aroma of flowers is felt, and then the fruits that can remain on the tree for more than 2 months can be clearly seen.

    ♦ Care. During the growth of the citron, watering is abundant, in winter it is very mild. In warm rooms, spray 2 to 3 times a day. Fertilizer is applied twice a month, it is good to use liquid concentrated fertilizer "Rainbow".Transplant the plant to 10 years of age 1 time in 3-4 years. For the transplant, you can use a flower soil "Rose" with a high content of humus or a highly fertile vegetable garden land.

    ♦ Pests and diseases - red citrus mite, scab, whitefly. On their secretions settles a black fungus. If the air is too dry, the leaves turn yellow and crumble.

    ♦ Reproduction - by cuttings in a heated substrate.


    Candied fruits from citron citron

    100 g of crusts - 500 g of sugar.

    Cork is cut into squares, filled with water and boiled until they become soft. Boil the crusts on a sieve, then put in a saucepan and pour water on the day. A day later, change the water and cook for 20 minutes, then throw it back on a sieve. When the cake is a little dry, they are mixed with sugar and dried. Ready candied fruits are put in jars, stored in a cool dry place.

    The first mention of citrus is associated with the citron, which was known in Mesopotamia for 4000 years BC.e. The very word "citrus" comes from the word "citron".