The Kumquat Tree

This is a kumquat tree.

The kumquat tree is hardier than other citrus varieties, and you’re meant to eat the entire fruit, rind and all! The rind is sweet, and the juices are salty and sour–an amazing combination and also what makes the fruit wonderful for candying and preserving. Or simply use it as a twist to your Springtini. They sure look pretty, too. Container kumquats will keep maintain a shorter stature (about 5 feet tall) but if planted in soil, can grow to almost 12 feet. Keep in full sun and shelter it from the elements.

Harvesting: Clip fruits individually with 2 or 3 leaves attached to the stem.

Call your nearest store to check availability.


3 responses to “The Kumquat Tree

  1. How hardy is “hardier”? I presume this citrus tree still needs to be kept indoors in our climate . . . is this correct? I base my presumption on the description’s admonition that it be “shelter[ed] from the elements.” But if this could be grown outdoors in DC, I’d consider buying one from you. I’m a frequent flyer at your 5th Street location.

    • You want to keep kumquats indoors when the temps drop below 45 degrees. It should be fine outdoors during summer, but you will want to keep the tree in a container so you can bring it in when the temps drop again in the fall bc it definitely won’t last through the winter here in DC. You can transplant to a larger pot (5 gallon).

      Also – only one left at 5th Street Ace til our mid-season order…

  2. Thanks. I figured as much. I definitely don’t have room indoors for a tree, so I’ll have to pass on the homegrown kumquats.

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