Full sun to part shade
Well drained soil
Citrus fortunella 'Margerita'
Beautiful Citrus kumquat, C. fortunella 'Margarita' has oblong shaped small fruits which are delicious. Kumquat trees are considered the hardiest of the Citrus family and will quite happily grow outside in London and sheltered southern UK gardens. They can also grow well in conservatories and orangeries. This sized kumquat is very easy to move outside to the patio in the warmer months. Kumquat, like other citrus, are evergreen with a bushy canopy and small pointed dark green leaves. They fruit readily providing they have a sunny spot to grow in. The kumquat fruit is delicious, it can be eaten whole, the pith being sweeter than the fruit. When we have a good crop here at the nursery we make the most delectable marmalade!
Where more than one tree is ordered we will do our best to pair up trees to work well together. We recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for fabulous frostproof terracotta pots. We send out a care note with every order detailing all the feeding, watering and planting requirements.
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Situation Open Close
In this country we need to grow Citrus in containers or planters, so they can be moved indoors where they will have shelter from the low winter climate.
Once indoors for the winter, they like a drier winter rest with an even cool temperature (frost free) and good light levels. In summer, they can be stood outside in the sunshine. A good time to do this is when all risk of frost has gone and night time temperatures are not too low. Start off in a semi shaded spot and then move into full sun, (over a week) this is to avoid leaf scorch.
Feeding Open Close
Feed Citrus with a propriety Citrus fertilizer, in spring use a high nitrogen Citrus feed, and in mid-late summer use a more balanced Citrus fertilizer.
Pruning Open Close
If the tree needs to be shaped, in spring give a light prune and this will help promote more bushy growth further along the branches, flowers will still be produced.
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The flowers do not need artificial pollinating, as they are self-fertile. Fruiting occurs once the flowers have set, its best to remove some of the set fruit as too many on one branch can often weigh the branch down. The fragrant flowers appear all year round, but are especially abundant in late winter, and fruit ripens up to 12 months later, so they often flower and fruit at the same time.
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In the winter spray the leaves with a little water every now and then to keep up the humidity.
In summer/growing season water with care, only water when the compost starts to dry out, this could be daily in warm dry weather or less often in more cloudy conditions. Do not over water.
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When its time to repot, just increase the pot size by a little, using a potting medium of John Innes No2 or No3.
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Citrus can be attacked by pests as any conservatory plant can. The most common are scale insect, mealy bug and red spider mite. These can be treated with a proprietary chemical or biological control.