These lovely Kumquats have been trained into standard shape trees, they have lots of young green fruits just ready to ripen. Citrus kumquat are ideal for planting into containers and pots and standing out on the patio in the summer. In winter they need a sheltered environment like a conservatory. Kumquats have dark glossy evergreen foliage and wonderful aromatic leaves. The fruits can be eaten whole straight from the tree, the pith being slighlty sweeter than the fruit.
We send out Citrus care notes with our tree, detailing the simple feeding, watering and planting requirements. Citrus, like other standards will look great in terracotta pots we recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for beautiful frostproof terracotta pots.
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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.
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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.