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Kumquat Trees produces small orange citrus fruit that is easten with the skin peel to be sweet and tart at the same time. Kumquat trees are considered very ornamental because of the tiny colorful flowers and prolific fruits multiple times per year. Dwarf Kumquat trees are often potted and placed in symmetry near entrances and doorways.
Botanically known as (Fortunella japonica syn. Citrus japonica), Kumwquat trees are evergreen, native to Asia, and can reach heights of 6-15 feet tall. They have a nicely rounded canopy, and are self-fertilize, meaning a pollinator is not necessary, just one is needed to produce fruit. It is easy to grow kumquat trees. Kumquat trees grow can grow in slightly colder winter climates than other citrus trees, known to withstand temps as low as 18 F, however we do not suggest planting citrus in areas with less than 30 degrees F. where the temps do not drop below 30 degrees F. Plant kumquat trees is full sun and well draining soils.
Care of kumquat trees requires soil to be kept moist, but not wet or soggy. Generally, deeply water newly planted fruit trees 1x/ per week between Fall – Spring and 2x/per week. Sandy soils may need to be watered more frequently, while clay soils may require less. The frequency of water will also depend on the plants health, temperature, wind, and humidity collectively contibuting to the evapotranspiration rate.
User citrus food fertilizers with adequate NPK. Use a formula with more nitrogen in the spring and summer to promote growth, and fertilizers with more phosphorus and potassium in the Fall and Winters. Laying mulch over the area above the roots of the tree will help reduce evaportation from the soil, keeping the soil moist and reducing weeds by preventing seedling from getting sunlight. Manure can be used in the winter while the weather is cool.
Kumquat trees do not need to be pruned very much. They grow relatively slow and do not become very large. Remove suckers when they pop up, and pruning to shape should be done after fruit is harvested, before spring blossoms.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT SHIP CITRUS TREES OUTSIDE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA