Category: Edible Fruits and Nuts Trees Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
Spacing: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
My boyfriend and I recently got a kumquat tree from the Chelsea flower market (in New York) for our apartment. The tree is about 3 feet tall and is now sitting in a south facing, well-insulated window of the apartment. We are very concerned about why it has dropped five perfectly glossy, green leaves in the 3 days since we have brought it home. I have been searching the internet for specific care instructions that give precise indications about caring for a kumquat indoors, but I have not found anything very helpful. Would anyone here have any recommendations or information that might help? Anything you might be able to offer would be deeply appreciated!
On Oct 13, 2010, plantsNfashion from Harper Woods, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've had this plant for almost a year now, and it has been very rewarding to grow! It fruits, and flowers on a regular basis, and even on a very small plant. At the moment it has 15 fruits on a 12 inch plant. Definitely a very impressive little plant!
My Husband received this plant for Christmas last year. As soon as the temperature warmed to nights above 50, it was set in hot sun and bloomed it's little heart out here in zone 8.Cut the fruit in slices or just halves and put in a glass of ice tea.It is not only tasty but pretty.
On Oct 8, 2002, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Wonderful smallish citrus tree. Bears profusely. Makes a great pre-decorated Christmas tree in subtropical climates. Fruit is eaten out of hand [rind and all] or candied. Also makes very good marmalade.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Foley, Alabama Tucson, Arizona Cypress, California Mountain View Acres, California San Marino, California Venice, California Boca Del Mar, Florida Dade City, Florida Neptune Beach, Florida Pensacola, Florida Rockledge, Florida South Venice, Florida Valparaiso, Florida Isle Of Hope, Georgia Estelle, Louisiana Harper Woods, Michigan Carmel Hamlet, New York Beaufort, South Carolina Bluffton, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Houston, Texas San Antonio, Texas