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  • Eventual height: 4m
  • Eventual spread: 1.2m


kumquat ( syn Citrus japonica )

RHS award of garden merit
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6 litre black pot £79.99 £39.99
£79.99 £39.99
  • Position: a sunny patio outside, or bright conservatory in winter
  • Soil: moist but well-drained soil. John Innes No2 compost should be used when potting up
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to July
  • Hardiness: tender (needs winter protection)

    An interesting addition to the citrus family, the edible fruit of this evergreen tree looks like mini, oval oranges. Slow growing, with dark, glossy leaves, the pure white flowers have a delicious scent. These are followed by the tart, delicate fruits which are generally in season from late autumn to mid-winter. Needing temperatures above 7C at all times, it can be grown on a sunny patio in summer, but will need an unheated conservatory or greenhouse to over-winter.

    The plants may not arrive with fully developed kumquats, but they are top-notch, quality plants.

  • Garden care: Ideally grow in a pot which is easily moved from terrace to conservatory, in soil-based compost in full sun. Feed every two weeks with a special citrus fertiliser (there is one for summer and another for winter), and pot on or top-dress plants in late winter. Move outside after the risk of frost has passed to a sunny, sheltered patio.