Cumquat (Fortunella margarita) are a naturally compact growing citrus so they are perfect for smaller gardens or courtyards. Like all citrus these beauties are an evergreen tree and have glossy dark green foliage and divinely fragranced white blooms in Spring. Cumquats produce extremely well in pots, and the abundance of small round orange-like fruit can be eaten fresh or used in marmalades and preserves. Cumquat brandy or candied cumquats are also delicious way of using the fruit from these ornamental plants.
Cumquats will grow in most parts of Australia; with the exception of the really cold mountain areas, and will need protecton from frost when plants are young. Prefers a full sun position in well drained soil; if growing in pots ensure a good quality potting mix is used. Water and fertilise regularly.
Supplied as a potted plant.
Orders containing this item will increase the total freight charge to $16.90.
- Suitable for areas with full sun
- Suitable for areas with part shade
- Grows 2m wide
- Grows to 2-3m high
- Ideal Growing Regions:
- View growing regions on the Climate Map
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- Orders NOT containing Roses, 120mm and larger pots/grow-bags, Bare-rooted Trees, Composting Buckets, nor any items with individually specified delivery charges, all delivered at one time, will incur the normal $11.50 freight charge. These items are referred to as “Basic Items“.
- Orders containing bush Roses, 120mm up to 155mm pot/grow-bags, Composting Buckets, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $16.90 freight charge.
- Orders containing Trixie Fruit Trees, Dwarf Fruit Trees, Lilac Trees, Standard and/or Patio Roses, 160mm up to a 200mm pot/grow-bags, together with other products delivered at the same time will incur a $25.50 freight charge.
- Orders containing Bare-rooted Trees, Bagged Trees, Weeping Roses, Larger items or pots/grow-bags greater than 200mm, together with other products delivered at the same time, will incur a $35.00 freight charge. Remote areas may incur an additional Freight charge but we will notify customers individually if this is the case.
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- Some items may be delayed due to climatic or growing habits prevent them from being harvested at the time of being offered for purchase. You will be offered a choice to wait until all items on your order are available or to receive what is currently available for an additional freight charge of $4.00.
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As quarantine inspections apply to each delivery, 2 quarantine charges will apply where orders contain products from different seasons. *Please note that if you order large items (eg Patio, Standard or Weeping Roses, Fruit Trees) you must specify a street address for the delivery address. StarTrack Express generally do not deliver to PO Boxes or RSD addresses so your order will be held until a suitable address is obtained. In rural areas, StarTrack may deliver to physical addresses such as general stores that act as Australia Post agencies but we suggest you check with them first. Where ‘Free Delivery’ vouchers apply to an order, details of the voucher should be entered in the “Your message to us” field. Orders (except Pre-orders) are normally despatched within 7-14 working days from the time of ordering during busy periods. Delivery times may be extended during peak periods (typically following the release of the latest catalogue), extended public holidays, if extreme weather conditions are not suitable for live plant transport or as detailed in the product description.
Individual items may be back-ordered to avoid delaying the delivery of other items. Please allow additional delivery time for orders to Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia due to quarantine restrictions.
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CITRUS TREES GENERAL CARE
Positioning: Full Sun but sheltered from cold winds.
Planting: Dig a hole twice the size of the pot. Ensure the bud union on the tree is about 15cm above the soil level before backfilling.
General Information: Very hardy and do not require a lot of attention throughout the year.
Soil: Well drained; Citrus dislike a heavy or clay soil.
Watering: Trees need to be kept well watered particularly when young fruit is forming. A deep watering once or twice a week in the summer months is beneficial.
Fertilising: Prepare the soil with plenty of animal manure before planting. Just after planting spread a small amount of slow release fertiliser around the tree and cover with mulch. It is good to alternate fertilisers i.e. dynamic lifter in spring and complete citrus food in autumn. If the citrus trees are potted use a slow release fertiliser.
Pruning: It is not necessary to prune citrus trees in order to produce fruit; however, the tree can be pruned to control or shape the growth. If growth becomes over crowded, thin out the stems after fruiting.
Likes: Warm Climates.
Dislikes: Severe Frosts
Pests: Can suffer from a number of pests, these can be controlled with fungicides or insecticides as required.
Tips: Protect from the wind and frost when young. Also keep the area underneath the tree free of grass and weeds. Cover this area with mulch, making sure that it is kept away from the trunk to avoid collar rot.
Establish which coloured region you live in and then consider the varieties listed as typically suited to that area. The Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only as climatic conditions vary between specific locations. Factors such as local altitude, wind and the proximity of hills, mountains and bodies of water can cause variations from the generalised climate map. Note also that although a plant may be listed as suitable for a particular region, it may still require protection from extremes such as frost or strong winds. You should also consider its requirements for sun, shade and water.
Remember that you can often extend the range of plants that you can grow by creating micro-climates within your garden. Planting under trees, beside brick walls or in the shelter of a building, on high or low points in the garden can all have an effect. Even planting by a pond or surrounded by rocks can be used to advantage. Part of the joy of gardening can be experimenting and nothing is more pleasing that achieving success with a plant that is not usually seen in your area.
The map is based on Australian Bureau of Meteorology 30 year climatology data from 1961-1990. The zones are based on both temperature and humidity:
- Tropical – hot humid summer .
- Mild Tropical – warm humid summer
- Semi-arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Arid – hot dry summer, cold winter
- Temperate – warm summer, cool winter
- Cool – mild-warm summer, cool winter