My kumquat grew beautiful fruit for about 4 years. Now it only gets a few flowers and is not looking very healthy. The leaves are slightly yellow and it hasn't had any new growth for ages. What can I do to get it back on it's feet?
It sounds as if the tree is hungry. This article tells about fertilizing citrus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/fertilizing-citrus-trees-best-practices-for-citrus-fertilizing.htm
How long does a kumquat tree take to grow from sprout to harvest? I have a 10" tall kumquat sprout, and I would like to know how long it takes to bear fruit.
Generally, these will produce anywhere between 2-5 years of age, depending on how grown (seed or purchased seedling). Also, here is more information on growing kumquat trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/kumquat/growing-kumquat-trees.htm
My Kumquat tree is developing these feathery white ends to the stems which almost look like feathery white leafed flowers. Are these normal or should I be cutting them off? Is there anyway that I can send you the picture of it?
Do you soak the seeds in water? Do you plant them in a pot first or in the ground? What type of fertilizer do you use?
You will not need to soak your seeds, plant them directly from the fruit. Start the seeds in a small starting pot in a potting mix.
Keep your seed moist and warm while it germinates. Then as your seedling grows you can move up the pot size.
Here is a link about Kumquat tree care.
My kumquat tree looks like it did not survive the winter even though I kept it covered when temps were freezing. Should I cut it back? It has no new growth on it and just has bare limbs. By this time, it usually is putting on leaves. Should I cut it back to see if that helps?
Try doing a scratch test on the trunk to see if the tree is dead or just dormant - If you scratch the bark with your fingernail or a knife and you see green underneath the bark, then the tree is dormant. If you see brown underneath the bark, then the tree is dead.
If you discover your tree is dormant then I would just give it time. Each year, the seasons and the weather are slightly different, and trees will wake up when they are good and ready, which may be at a different time than they usually do.
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I have just bought a small kumquat tree, which was laden in fruit and I have now harvested. How do I treat it? I presume it was forced to fruit at this time of year so that it would look pretty in the shop. How do I return it to its normal cycle, as I presume it would normally be blossoming at this time of year? I am not a total novice as a gardener, however, but where kumquats are concerned I am! Do you keep them in a greenhouse? Mine is in a flowerpot at the moment, or should I pot it on into a bigger one? Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
Here is a great article to help you with your new tree!
My wife was given a small kumquat tree in a pot as a birthday present five weeks ago. She is generally excellent with houseplants and has even grown a nut tree from a Cadbury's chocolate nut. The tree is kept in a cool, bright room and watered sparingly once per week from the top of the soil. Not only are the fruits falling off but so are the leaves, which look dried up. Is this due to a lack of water and should it be watered from the top or the base or both? Thanks Jim Barr
Here a few things to check that came to mind:
Soil moisture - the soil of a kumquat should be kept consistently moist (but not damp/soggy).
Is it rootbound? It very well could be. Kumquats do not like to be root-bound and prefer large pots, so maybe a re-potting (in a pot with fresh soil and large drainage holes) is just what it needs.
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