Meiwa Kumquat Citrus Tree
Meiwa Kumquat Citrus Tree, also known as the “sweet kumquat” is much sweeter than the more well known and commercially grown Nordmann Kumquat. The fruits on Meiwa Kumquat are also larger than Nordmann Kumquats. Fruits can be eaten whole, skin and all! The skin is actually the sweetest part and the flesh adds a wonderful tart and spicy balance to the fruit. The Meiwa Kumquat is considered by many to be the preferred fresh eating kumquat and kids go crazy for them! A much healthier sweet-tart alternative to candy.
Latin Name: Fortunella crassifolia ‘Meiwa’
Site and Soil: Meiwa Kumquat can be grown outdoors in regions with mild winters. It likes 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil. If growing it in a pot, in the winter place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Meiwa Kumquat is self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Meiwa is hardy to at least 20F and has reportedly survived temperatures even lower than that. Definitely worth trying in Zone 8!
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-6 ft.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Meiwa Kumquat ripens in late fall to winter.
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites, scales and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants.
USDA Zone: 8