This article here will tackle all the information you need to know about growing kumquats including when Kumquat trees bear fruit, a question that has bothered most gardeners.
What Does A Kumquat Tree Look Like?
Kumquat trees are a unique member of the citrus family – the Fortunella genus. It is one of the toughest members of the citrus family that can withstand temperatures below -6 degrees with minimal damage to its leaves and trunk.
They are native to Eastern Asia and a symbol of good luck. Kumquats produce small 1 to 1 ½” sized fruits. These small, acidic fruit should be eaten whole – the rind and all. They are sour, then sweet – a pop of delicious sour-sweet happiness.
Kumquat trees are small that can perfectly grow in a small backyard. The bright orange, citrus fruit is perfect for marmalades, preserved or dried. It contains few seeds and is sweet regardless of how acidic the inside is.
Interesting Facts About The Kumquat Tree
- These trees have no thorns and their leaves are very glossy
- It produces small white flowers that can be in clusters or individually
- These trees can grow up to 6 to 8 feet high
- Their fruits range from yellow to bright orange and are oval in shape
- There are different types of kumquats that include Marumi, Nagami, Meiwa, and Hongkong.
- Nagami is the most popular type and commonly grown. It produces a small oval fruit.
- Meiwa is a hybrid of Magami and Marumi and it produces more fruits round in shape.
- Marumi is the largest of the fruits, round in shape and spicier in flavor than the rest
- Hong Kong is a version native for the mountainous or hilly regions of China
- Kumquat trees are self-pollinating. You don’t need to grow multiple trees – one will be enough
- Spring is the best time to plant a Kumquat tree from seed because there are high chances of sunshine and rain.
- Early spring is the best time to transplant a sapling too
What To Do If Your Kumquat Tree Does Not Flower
These small trees have bright attractive medium-green leaves and aromatic white flowers. They are popular for their edible fruits and ornamental value.
Most gardeners struggle with how to get blooms on their kumquat tree. If your kumquat tree does not flower, then it will not produce any fruit, which is very sad. These are the gardeners who keep asking, “when do kumquats trees bear fruit?”
Kumquats have a long winter dormancy period and they don’t start growing until the weather warms up. Kumquat flowering season is in the mid-summer, so watch out for your trees during this season.
There are many problems that can lead to kumquat not flowering. They include:
- If the tree was recently transplanted it will not bloom. It will be working hard to adapt its roots to its new location rather than produce blooms.
- If your tree does not get enough sunlight, it will not bloom. Kumquats enjoy a good amount of sunlight.
- You might have pruned it too severely or too late in the spring – the kumquat will put all its energy into leaf re-growth not blooming.
- Maybe the winter was too cold and severe for the tree.
- The soil might be too boggy or lean or lacking enough zinc.
So to get your kumquat blooming, ensure you are growing your tree in well-drained rich soil where it gets full sun, and remember to prune it properly. Feed your tree a good amount of organic citrus fertilizer with zinc on a monthly basis. Spray the leaves with a micronutrient of iron, zinc, and manganese in late spring or at the beginning of the growing season. Once you do all this, you will surely reap some good produce of the kumquat fruits. Good luck with it!
When Do Kumquat Trees Bear Fruit?
The flowering season of kumquat starts from early spring and can last all spring into summer if the humidity and heat are right.
Mid-summer the fruits begin to form and grow all the way to November when harvesting begins and goes all the way to January. Harvesting can also start in December and end in April.
You will know the fruit is ready for harvest when it will be soft to the touch and has a deep orange color. Use shears or scissors to harvest the fruit. Once harvested kumquats do not have a long shelf life – they will most likely last a week and no longer. But you can store them in the fridge to prolong their shelf life.
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Growing a kumquat for a beginner is a bit tough but with the right information, it becomes easy and doable. Finding the right tree is also crucial so look for one that is healthy and not root-bound.