Caring for a kumquat tree can be pure pleasure, but it also takes some specific knowledge. Here's what you need to know before you grow a kumquat citrus tree.
Has your track record with growing citrus trees ever made you question if you're lacking a green thumb? Thankfully, kumquat trees are one of the easiest citrus trees to grow!
Making sure that you're growing a thriving kumquat tree does take some specific knowledge, but we're going to guide you through everything you need to know! If you're looking for ways to make sure that you're properly caring for your tree, keeping reading!
Kumquat Tree Basics
If you've never heard of a kumquat, they're a type of citrus fruit. While they aren't nearly as popular as their citrus cousins, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons share similar taste profiles to kumquats.
Besides eaten fresh, this tiny fruit is commonly made into a jam. Known best for their sweet and sour flavor profile, kumquats are a versatile fruit!
Kumquats require a lot of water, so make sure that you're giving your tree enough water. If you're worried about drainage, you can dig a drainage hole to make sure that water properly drains from the pot. When you're watering your tree, the drainage holes should have water coming through them.
In addition, kumquat trees thrive in humidity. It's a great idea to mist your trees often and provide them with a humidifier if your plant is living indoors!
Citrus trees flourish in warm weather but hold up incredibly well in colder weather (in 10 degrees Fahrenheit or colder). Even if you live in an area that experiences colder weather frequently, you can grow kumquats in a container inside of your home!
However, if you're looking to grow your kumquat tree outside, it's best to live in warmer states such as Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, or Texas.
Kumquat trees require frequent fertilizing, except when it's in the dead of winter. When spring rolls around, make sure that you start off feeding your kumquat tree with a slow-release citrus fertilizer.
During the heart of the growing season, regularly apply diluted liquid fertilizer. Make sure that you water your tree well before and after you've applied fertilizer, as this will ensure that you don't burn your tree!
Growing in a Container
Kumquat trees can be grown inside of your home, in a container! You can choose between wood, stone, or a plastic gardening pot. It's always a better idea to use the largest pot possible, as it'll encourage better drainage.
Kumquat trees that are potted are more susceptible to root rot. You can easily fight against root rot by making sure that you don't overwater your plant. If you do happen to overwater your tree, make sure that the soil has been well-drained of excess water.
Growing the Kumquat Tree of Your Dreams
While it may sound like there are of a ton of specifics to keep in the back of your mind, growing a kumquat tree is very easy! Make sure to have a solid understanding of the basics of growing a kumquat tree and you'll be on your way to success.
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