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Kumquat - Citrus fortunella kumquat (latin)

Geographical origins: China, Malaysia.
Adult size: Height up to 4 m, spread up to 3 m.
Foliage: Evergreen.
Type of soil: free draining, neutral to acid.
Climate: Hardy to -10°C.
Site: Partial shade to full sun.

Characteristics and uses:
The Kumquat is a slow growing shrub, which can be grown either in a container or in the ground in areas which have milder winters. It has a pure white, fragrant blossom in summer. Its tangy fleshed fruits are round or oval, from 2 to 5cm in length, and their peel is edible, although slightly bitter.

The Kumquat has to be protected from cold in winter (pot and foliage), as it does not withstand temperatures that fall below -10°C. However, this protection is only necessary if the temperature does not go up during the day.
In the coldest areas, shelter your Kumquat in a conservatory, or a non-heated room during winter.

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Looking after advice:

Watering: As Citruses do not like dryness it is important to water them regularly, but not abundantly. In summer, water every day if necessary, in winter water once or twice a week.
Fertilizer: From March to October, give it a suitable citrus fertilizer once a month.
Pruning: Prune regularly in the spring and in summer to encourage ramification and keep it in the wished for shape.

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