Kumquat tree growing plant of the genus citrus also known as Cumquat, Kumquat tree grow as shrub or tree perennial evergreen with thorns also used as ornamental plant. It can grow in subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+
Flowers white with yellow stamen.
Fruit taste sour with little bit bitter, fruit size ~1 -4 cm and color is orange. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer). Rind color orange, the edible part is especially the rind eaten raw, the taste is sweet and little bit bitter also used as flavor and fragrant
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Requirements for Kumquat tree growing and care:
Frost free, well drained
What is the best way to start growing Cumquat plant:
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties/Problems with growing:
When the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, thorns
Spring / Autumn
Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis
When there is no fruits on the branch
How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much density
Size of the plant?
0.3-4 m (1-12 feet), possible to grow it as shrub 0.3-1 m (1-3 feet) or tree 1-4m (3-12 feet)
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Irrigation water management requirement:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow indoor?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
When does flowers bloom?
Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower
Flowers are white with yellow stamen
Thinning / Deadheading of Kumquat tree Blossom:
The first year should thinning the flowers
Pollination is done by:
When does it yield:
Autumn / Winter
Pests or diseases in Cumquat fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria
What can be done with big quantities of Kumquat fruit?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind
Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut brunches that grow into the fruit)
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house