Dwarf Kumquat Tree:  Ideal for Growing Indoors

A dwarf kumquat tree especially the 'Nagami' is an ideal choice for growing indoors or to have on balcony or patio.

The beautiful, glossy evergreen leaves, fragrant flowers, and delicious edible citrus fruits make a charming, decorative plant. 

Place plant in a sunny window,  and use cactus potting soil,  plus  some regular fertilizing and  you can grow a healthy tree in your home.

The fruits resemble small, oval-shaped oranges, but the taste is more like an inside-out orange. By this description the flesh is sour and the peel is delightful.

You can eat them as is--skin and all. The kumquat's skin actually adds a pleasant sweetness, which is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the inner juicy flesh.   They are low in calories but a rich source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber.

You can have this wonderful culinary food source that can by used in both sweet and savory recipes. Follow the care instructions for growing miniature citrus trees during the winter season and you can have this wonderful fruit-bearing tree.

Dwarf Kumquat Tree Care Tips

Light:  Place potted plants in a sunny location in your home. A south-facing window will have adequate light. Also, you can set it under grow lights or shop lights fitted with one cool and one warm bulb. Your kumquat will also survive if you give it bright, indirect sun.

Watering: Proper watering is one of the keys to growing any citrus plant, but particularly those grown in garden pots. keep the soil moist but not wet. Test the soil  by Sticking your finger into the soil, at least up to the second knuckle. If you feel dampness at your fingertip, wait
to water. If it feels dry, thoroughly water your plant until you see it run out of the bottom of the pot then pour off the excess. This is crucial to prevent root rot.

Humidity:  Using a humidifier in the room or placing the tree on a pebble tray will increase the moisture levels around the plant. This is essential during the dry months, particularly in winter when the heat is on. A fine misting of the leaves with tepid water can help raise the
humidity and keep your dwarf kumquat tree happy.

Temperature:  Plant grows best between 55°F and 85°F.  They can usually tolerate temperatures down to 32; however, room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C are ideal year-round. 

Soil:  Good quality, well-draining sterilized potting mixture.

Fertilizer:  Feed in the spring, with a slow-release, all-purpose or citrus fertilizer. During the growing season, regular applications of a diluted liquid fertilizer, such as liquid kelp or fish emulsion is a good choice.
 
Harvesting: Kumquats are ripe when their skin turn a deep orange color and the fruit is slightly soft.  Cut off the fruit with a knife or scissors to avoid damaging the plant.

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