Kumquat Trees

Kumquat tree

Zone 1459 | muka7706 added on May 20, 2018 | Answered

Hi there I'm really confused.i have a kumquat tree growing now for approximately 7 years which has been bearing kumquats however now it seems to be bearing lemons.I do have a lemon tree growing approximately 8 meters away from it. Could this be some type of mutation?. Please advise how this is even possible. Regards Mukesh 0765676597 Muka7706@gmail.com

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on May 20, 2018

It is likely that your tree is grafted, as most citrus are. This means that the rootstock of the tree is different from the scion (top). Sometimes, rootstock will try and outcompete the unnatural top by sending out its own shoots. These should, really, be clipped off, or at least kept down to one or two branches, as they will steal nutrients from the kumquat, while feeding its own branches more.

This is the most likely, and most common, explanation for this phenomenon.

Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Kumquat Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More