What an awesome mandarin! We live in orangevale, next to citrus heights, a really good climate for citrus as we get nice cold nights usually never going under 28 degrees. The cold nights intensively sweeten our citrus, and I will have to agree, after tasting many mandarins, including owari satsuma, which we are famous for, and seedless kisu, I like the gold nugget the best, followed by satsuma. The best blood orange is torraco in our climate. Of course the best are always hard to grow. My original tree is doing great, but ive lost several that look just like Richards. Can you elaborate on your snail problem Richard? Is this a problem cultivar? I have lost 2 of 4 so far and my brother in clovis , fresno has lost 2. I repotted one of my problem trees and it is doing better in pot. @pointers, you are in a very good zone for citrus as well, whats your input on gold nugget? How often do you irrigate and what do you fertilize with and how often? Thanks all, great thread!