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Dwarf Kumquat Trees

R590.00

Kumquat trees bear small citrus fruits (about the size of olives) that are sweet with a bit of a tart taste to them. Unlike other citrus, they can be eaten with the skin.

They can also be juiced for a refreshing drink. The trees are self-pollinating, so you only need one to bear fruit.

Kumquats have lots of vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants, and a little vitamin A. They are free of cholesterol and low in sodium.  They really are a healthy, tasty snack.

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Position – Dwarf Kumquat Trees are easy to grow in full sun. They even do well at the sea and, unlike other citrus fruit, can withstand winter temperatures as low as -8° Celsius. Give each tree about 3 to 4 metres of space around it.

Soil Type – Kumquats can tolerate most soil types with good drainage.

Size – This tree grows to a height of between 1.5 and 2 metres.

Watering – The soil should be kept moist (but not soggy as they are susceptible to root rot.  An established tree needs watering weekly if there’s been no rain.

Mulch – Dwarf Kumquat trees will benefit from 2 to 5 centimetres of pine bark mulch.  This mulch protects the roots from UV damage and drying out, retains moisture, and maintains an optimal pH. Do not let the mulch touch the plant stem, as it may cause infection or rot.

Fertiliser – Kumquat trees need a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen added through the winter to spring.  To get the most out of your tree, apply our slow-release fertiliser, it is a strong fertiliser, excellent for citrus; even though it is called berry fertiliser it is for all plants/trees. If the leaves start to yellow, your plant may not have enough magnesium. Apply a little Epsom salts to the drip line of the tree (where the leaves extend their reach)  Sprinkle a handful of Epsom salts around the stem every 3 months for magnesium. In fact, all your fruit trees will benefit from these salts.

Pruning – Kumquat trees don’t require pruning unless you want to maintain a smaller tree or it has long, skinny branches growing straight up. You can also cut away any damaged or dead wood to allow the sun and light to enter the centre of the tree. Prune it after fruiting and before it blooms in spring.

Container Growing – Dwarf Kumquat trees can be grown in containers if the pot has good drainage. You can even drill extra-large drainage holes and cover the holes with pebbles or a window screen to keep the soil from falling through. Raise the pot off the ground to improve drainage and air circulation.

Harvesting – Kumquats have to ripen on the tree before being picked, which may take weeks. The only way to know if they’re ready is to sample one. If it isn’t ripe yet, wait a week or so before trying another one. They will begin to fall from the tree when they are overripe.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 70 cm
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