Pixie Mandarin farming in Kenya

By Value Magazine Team on 19 October 2019 at 06:00 am

The pixie orange is from the Mandarin or Tangerine family of citrus fruits. Pixie oranges are orange in color and without seeds, they vary in peel texture, shape and size. 

Pixie orange farming has picked up in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid areas especially with the Voi Pixie in the Kenyan coastal region, Machakos country, Kitui county and Makueni County, Kenya. 


Pixie Mandarin

History of the pixie orange

The pixie orange was developed by Howard B. Frost from then University of Califonia Citrus research center in 1927. The pixie tangerine came as a result of open pollination between Kincy Mandarins. Kincy mandarins are a cross between Dandy Tangerines and the King Mandarin

The pixie was viewed as commercially viable because of their small size, the nature of bearing a large harvest one year and a small harvest the next year and their late-season bearing. They citrus researcher and the University of Califonia released them to the public in the 1960s and they were adapted quicky in Ojai, Califonia. 

The pixie was introduced in Kenya in the Mid 1970s by Peter Mwaka, who noticed them during a trip in Califonia. He then imported a few scions from South Africa and set up his orchard in Makueni.  Neighbors who showed an interest purchased his seedlings.

Health Benefits of the pixie mandarin

Like other citrus fruits, pixie mandarins are rich in vitamins A and C. The health benefits of the nutrients found in pixie mandarins include:

  • Reduction in the risk of developing liver and breast cancer.

  • Help reduce bad cholesterol and the development of good cholesterol. The fibre helps in cleaning the intestines of the bad cholesterol. 

  • It helps in maintaining normal blood pressure.

  • Vitamin C helps in preventing colds and is crucial for a well functioning immune system.

  • Regular consumption of pixie mandarin juice helps in maintaining healthy-looking, glowing skin.

  • It helps in healing wounds.

Varieties of the pixie mandarin

The pixie mandarin has no known cultivars or varieties but is closely related to the Gold Nugget Mandarin


Ojai Pixie Mandarins

The nature of the pixie mandarin

The pixie mandarin is a small fruit that is of a spherical shape, flattened at the top and bottom, with a “neck” sometimes. It has a yellow-orange rough rind/peel that is easy to peel. The flesh of the pixie is orange in colour, is seedless and juicy. It has a mild sweet pleasant flavour

The pixie tree is a vigorous grower that grows upright, with stout ascending branches with large leaves. 

The pixie tree has the tendency to bear alternatively, bearing a good crop one year and a poor fruit the next year.

   We will be updating this article to cover

  • Climatic Conditions for the pixie mandarin

  • Soil Preparation for farming the pixie mandarin

  • Location / Land selection for the pixie mandarin

  • Plant density and spacing  for the pixie mandarin

  • Planting the pixie mandarin

  • Irrigation requirements for the pixie mandarin

  • Fertilization/Manure  for the pixie mandarin

  • Intercultural Operations  for the pixie mandarin

  • Trimming and pruning of the pixie mandarin tree

  • Pests affecting the pixie mandarin

  • Diseases affecting the pixie mandarin

  • Harvesting the pixie mandarin

  • The yield of the pixie mandarin

  • Post-harvest management  for the pixie mandarin

  • Storage  for the pixie mandarin

  • Marketing  for the pixie mandarin

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I want to venture to pure Pixie.Therefore i need a lot of information about its production

I need PIXIES seedlings
for planting.

James Bore

I am interested.. Kindly give updates and more information on pixie orange farming..

Hello, am interested with Pixies seedlings.

Elizabeth 0733805701

Am a new pixies farmer with alot of produce in my farm.
I am looking for a Market

Interested in fruit farming. Targeting more than 10 types..

I am looking for pixie fruit please quote wholesale price per Kg and location/My customers would prefer froits from Machakos or Makueni counties

Am based in Busia and am interested in pixie fruit farming. Where can I get the seedlings.

Am in thikalooking for whole sale

Need seedlings for pixies oranges.

Need pixie seedlings. Where can I get?

Peter Mwaka has enlightened all the neighbours on how to plant Pixies

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By Value Magazine Team

Value Magazine was founded in 2018 by Mutuku Ndeti, a farmer with interests in poultry, horticulture, and fruit farming. You can follow him on twitter here. The goal of Value Magazine is to offer beneficial content on agribusiness, value addition, manufacturing, and productivity.  We believe not only in producing but also adding value to the product. 

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