Citrus bergamia ‘Fantastico’ is a very special citrus well known as ‘Bergamot’ and an essential ingredient of ‘Earl Grey Tea’ and highly valued in aromatherapy the skin or rind of the fruit being used to produce the fragrant oil. The fruits themselves are quite large and highly ornamental produced freely on relatively small plants, they look tasty too but contain so much essential oil they are not considered edible, I know – I’ve tried!
Like all citrus Citrus bergamia ‘Fantastico’ requires a certain amount of expertise to grow successfully here in the U.K and I won’t write an essay here but in a nutshell it’s important to remember that they are mediterranean, yes obvious but easy to overlook in your zest, pardon the pun, to care for any citrus plant is that they are easy to look after during the summer, lots of light and occasional feeds. Just remember that winter in the sunny med is cool at night and warm to sometimes chilly during the day perfect for citrus to rest and ripen their fruits. So the biggest killer here is warm often hot conservatories day and night combined with reduced light. Ideally citrus should have a cool but frost free bright spot to spend the frosty months.