Sweet and Spicy Fruit, Easy-Care Kumquat Trees
Put your sunshine to work, and grow one of the world's tastiest superfruits! Kumquat trees are also wildly fruitful...and totally adorable.
Well-known as one of the very easiest Citrus trees to grow, most Kumquats can be grown in the ground in Zones 8 - 11.These fantastic broad-leaved evergreen trees feature scented spring blooms and an abundant fruit set in late fall and early winter.
You'll love growing these productive fruit-bearing trees. Even beginners can get a taste of success with these easy to grow Kumquat plants!
You Eat the Whole Kumquat...Rind and All!
Citrus japonica, or Kumquat fruit is rich in Vitamin C and A. You'll boost your immunity and support your skin at the same time.
They are also rich in antioxidants, minerals and dietary fiber. Kumquats are relished fresh and taste great when sliced into salads.
Pick them as they soften up during ripening. Kumquat trees are valuable and provide fresh fruit over a long period of time.
Enjoy them as a snack. If you have a lot of Kumquats, you can also cook with them. Kumquat Chicken Stir-Fry, anyone?
Infuse vodka or use their fresh juice in signature cocktails. Create marvelous marmalade, preserves and jellies; or candy the fruit for Holiday gifts.
Landscaping Tips for Edible Kumquats
If you are lucky enough to grow these small fruiting trees in the ground, use them to create a lavish landscape. We sell commercial-orchard grade fruiting plants, and you can track them right to your doorstep.
Kumquats are very heavy producers of fruit the size of large olives. They are also beautiful "edible ornamentals".
They display dense foliage that is a very attractive dark, glossy green. Kumquat trees are native to south Asia and have been cultivated for centuries.
Kumquats are much hardier than most other Citrus plants. They can withstand brief frosts and temperatures below freezing for short periods.
Kumquat Trees Can Be Grown as Houseplants
In all growing zones, all types of Kumquats make wonderful house plants for colder climates. Kumquats are a perfect indoor-outdoor patio plant!
Choose a pot with plenty of drainage holes...or drill more. Citrus fruiting trees are notoriously susceptible to root rot; keep the root systems healthy with fast-draining pots.
They'll make a high-end addition to your sunny balcony. Amaze your friends with the incredible fragrance of the snowy white blooms.
Their fragrant flowers and appearance enhance any setting. Enjoy their tropically-lush good looks all summer long!
Moving Kumquat Trees Indoors
Then, prep and move them indoors for harvest. Nature Hills has lots of great growing tips as you care for container-grown citrus indoors.
Give them plenty of light and reduce their supplemental water to keep them on the dry side. They do enjoy humidity, so consider misting your indoor Kumquats regularly.
Grow Kumquat Trees in the Ground
Reliable Kumquats are attractive landscape plants. Edible landscaping is a very popular design trend that shows no sign of slowing down.
With their dense branching, and large evergreen leaves...Kumquat trees make a great screening plant. Use a single tree for a specimen; or plant a useful hedgerow near your fence.
Don't forget to give yourself room to harvest your bright orange fruit on both sides of your plants. Study our Garden Blog and YouTube videos for proven high-density planting tips and techniques.
Citrus needs full sun, with at least six hours of sunlight a day. Apply a slow release liquid fertilizer for acid-loving plants in early spring for optimal performance.
Sensational Taste "Eat The Whole Thing" Nagami Kumquat Trees
Species Nagami Kumquat (Fortunella margarita 'Nagami') is a very attractive plant with an upright, rounded growth habit. Long, curved leaves remain evergreen in Zones 9 and 10.
Nagami Kumquat is loaded with small oval fruit from fall through midwinter. The harvest looks like tiny, pear-shaped gems hanging down for picking.
With a thick, sweet peel and tangy flesh...you'll want to wash the entire Nagami fruit and pop it in your mouth. Yes, you eat the peel and all!
Keep chewing until you get the delicious flavors mixed in your mouth! Eating a Nagami Kumquat is a joyful experience to share with family and friends.
Wash and slice them in half. Remove the seeds, then pop them in your mouth and chew, chew, chew!
Harvest your hedges or container plants regularly. The fruit is ready when it starts to soften up on your tree.
Three or four fresh Nagami Kumquats make a very healthy breakfast. You'll feel virtuous all day long!
Round, Sweet Fruit Meiwa Kumquat Trees
Delicious Meiwa Kumquat is a very popular choice for home orchards. These trees are incredibly prolific!
Noted for their near-seedless fruit, Meiwa is a tough Citrus tree. It's rated for in-ground growing in Zone 8, but please keep it in a location out of the worst of the winter winds.
Kids love the sweet flavor of the Meiwa Kumquat flesh. Sub-acid with very little "zing", Meiwa is a very palatable selection.
The Hardiest Cultivar Marumi Kumquat Trees
Grow cold hardy Marumi Kumquat in the ground as far north as Zone 8! Of course, you'll want to seek out a sheltered spot for this special Citrus tree.
Round, orange orbs make the Marumi an especially pretty selection. Pair with smaller leaves, and you've got a dainty presentation to show off to guests!
Marumi Kumquat fruit is very juicy. If you have a large harvest of Marumi Kumquats, freeze the juice in ice cube trays for an easy spritz to delectable apéritifs and adult beverages.
Flowering Kumquat Trees Gift You a Wonderful Spring Fragrance
Cute and prolific Kumquat trees produce plenty of tiny white blooms in summer. Offer your whole neighborhood a heady, fresh scent and make people happy!
Kumquat Pollination is a Breeze
The perfect blooms are self-pollinating, so you'll get fruit from a single plant. However, fruit set is always larger when there is a second Citrus tree nearby.
Keep a dry paintbrush nearby when your Kumquats are blooming. Gently swirl the brush over each bloom each day, and don't wash the brush until the blooms are finished.
Turn a fan on low to help circulate air. This also aids your Kumquat tree to move the pollen from the male stamen to the female stigma for successful pollination.
Splurge on all three species! You'll appreciate the unique flavors of sweet Meiwa and Kuand refreshing Nagami...and how nice to know exactly how your fresh fruit was grown.
You will love the taste of Kumquats! The fruit is incredibly healthy and the trees are very attractive...don't miss one of life's pleasures.