Kumquat

Fortunella margarita

Kumquat - Fortunella margarita

Common Name: Kumquat
Genus: Fortunella
Species: margarita

Category: Houseplants
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Flowering Period: April to July

Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Position: Bright light in a conservatory in winter
  • Soil: John Innes No2 compost should be used when potting up
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flower colour: white
  • Other features: tart and acidic fruits and deliciously scented flowers

    An interesting addition to the citrus family the edible fruit of this evergreen tree looks like mini oval oranges. Slow growing with dark glossy leaves the pure white flowers have a delicious scent. These are followed by the very sour acidic fruits which are generally in season from late autumn to mid-winter. Needing temperatures above 7C at all times it can be grown on a sunny patio in summer but will need an unheated conservatory or greenhouse to over-winter.

  • Garden care: In pots grow in soil-based compost in full sun. Feed every two weeks in the growing season with a special citrus fertiliser. Pot on or top-dress plants in late winter. Move outside after the risk of frost has passed to a sunny sheltered patio.