Kumquat Information - Knowledgebase Question

Ethel, WA
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Question by railworks
April 7, 2002
We bought several of your small citrus trees 2 years ago, they are all doing very well.

The problem is that we have two kumquats that when we purchased them had fruit and the plants look great. They have grown a lot and still looks great but has not bloomed or produced since.

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Answer from NGA
April 7, 2002
Citrus trees can be rather exacting in their cultural requirements. Lack of fruit set can be due to not enough sunshine, over- or under-watering, or fertilizing problems. Citrus need all day sunshine and are tolerant of a wide range of soil types, as long as the soil is well-draining. They need a constant source of moisture, but it's important not to let the soil get too soggy. Soil that is saturated and then allowed to dry out will affect the performance of your kumquat. All citrus demands high nitrogen levels and should be fed frequently. Choose a fertilzer manufactured specifically for citrus, then read and apply according to fertilizer label directions. If you follow the above guidelines, your kumquat should begin flowering and setting fruit for you.

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