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Kumquat plant

LillyLilly Posts: 64
Hi. Can anyone advise me how to care for a kumquat plant that I have been given. It already has lots of fruit.Any advice will be greatfully received Thankyou  

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007
    I have a limquat - lemon version.  I keep it in the polytunnel all winter so it has plenty of light but is protected from frost.  Once night time temperatures are reliably above 10C I move it along with a yuzu and a Meyer lemon to a south facing position against our house wall till nights get cool again.

    In winter they need a special feed for citrus plants - phosphates, magnesium, iron and trace elements which maintain and promote flowering and fruiting - and then from spring thru to autumn they need occasional nitrogen feeds to maintain their foliage.

    I have just re-potted mine into a specialist compost for citrus fruits which appears to have plenty of loam in it.  First time I've seen it so no idea how effective it will be.  I water them sparingly in winter and frequently in summer, especially in heatwaves.   We get loads of limquats and lemons but, as yet, the yuzu is young and yet to flower.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LillyLilly Posts: 64
    Thanks so much for that advice ObeliXX. Unfortunately I don't have a greenhouse or polytunnel. Do you have any advice on keeping it indoors until the weather improves? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007
    Keep it in a well lit position that doesn't get cold at night and mist the foliage between waterings.   Being too dry indoors can leave it prone to red spider mite.   Give it an occasional rinse in the shower if you  can to keep the foliage dust free.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LillyLilly Posts: 64
    Thanks ObeliXX. That's really helpful. Just one more question. If I pick the fruit how and when will it return? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,007
    In the next month or two you should have flowers.  If you can't put it outside by day to get pollinated by insects you can use a soft, clean make-up or paint brush to do the job.  If you can't find specialist citrus fertiliser give it some tomato feed, both slow release granules and an instant tonic in liquid form.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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