Kumquat (Meiwa)

FRUI-KUMQ-1-5

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Kumquat is the hardiest of citrus and one of the best varieties to grow in a pot.  This compact shrub looks amazing topiarised, and rewards you with lots of round, tangy orange fruit (eat the peel and all!)  It looks picture perfect on an apartment balcony, in an elegant or Mediterranean garden, or a tropical setting.

What are Kumquats (Citrus japonica) ?   

Native to China, Kumquats are one of the cold hardiest members of the citrus family.  They are a compact shrub with glossy green leaves and clusters of small orange fruit.  (The fruit is usually about 2.5 cm long and looks a little like a mini orange.) Left untamed, Kumquats can grow 2 - 4 metres tall and have a vase-like or rounded canopy.  Pruning will keep their size in check if your space is small or if you prefer a topiary shape. 

Unlike other citrus trees, Kumquat flower in mid-summer and ripen in late autumn. The warmer the summer, the larger and juicier the fruit.  

Culinary Uses for Kumquat (Meiwa)

 

Kumquats have a surprisingly sweet (edible) rind with tart, tangy flesh. They are a yummy treat picked straight from the tree or blended into a mojito. The sweet rind of Kumquats makes them the perfect candidate for making candied peel, marmalade or for use in sweet fruit bread.  Slice the fruit over winter salads for a pop of sweet and sour flavour.  Kumquats make a delicious addition to sauces too, pairing well with meats such as duck.  

Growing Conditions - Kumquat (Meiwa)

Kumquat Meiwa is self-fertile, so you only need one tree for fruit.  Companion plant with Marigold, Borage, Dill and Fennel to deter aphids and attract helpers like Ladybugs. Remember to keep the soil line under the tree graft and the trunk. Also avoid planting close to other citrus varieties as cross-pollination between citrus can cause seedless varieties to develop pips. 

Kumquat plants thrive in sunny, sheltered sites and rich free draining soil (any Ph). Kumquats are susceptible to root rot, so it is important to ensure the tree isn't root bound or sitting in waterlogged soil. (Avoid mulching too.)  While Kumquat trees might just survive mild frost once established, they do much better in frost-free conditions.   Water  deeply during dry periods and fertilise regularly.

Tips for Growing Kumquat Meiwa Plants in a Container

Choose a good sized pot with adequate drainage holes (larger is better) and position in a sunny spot.  Potted citrus need a rich, free draining soil mix designed for container growing.   You also need to water and feed them more often than citrus planted directly in the garden.   

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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