Citrus

Fortunella margarita: care tips


Fortunella margarita is a citrus fruit, also called kumquat, whose pretty fruits are eaten with the skin.

Planting and repotting, maintenance, watering and pruning, are all things that will help you to have a very beautiful fortunella margarita.

Last name : Fortunella margarita
Family : Rutaceae
Foliage : Persistent

Height : 2 to 4 m
Exposure : Sunny
Harvest : November to January

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Plant and repot a fortunella margarita

Planting fortunella in a pot:

It is recommended plant the fortunella margarita in a mixture of potting soil, preferably enriched with a fertilizer.

  • The pot must be hole at the bottom to prevent the roots from stagnating in the water.

Ideally, put a layer of gravel, clay balls or pebbles at the bottom of the pot to make sure that the excess water drains well to the bottom.
Allow a layer of 3 to 4 cm.

Plan a repotting in a pot of slightly larger diameter every 2 to 3 years.

  • Repotting is done in the spring or late summer.
  • Follow our advice for repot your fortunella margarita well

Planting fortunella in the ground in the garden:

It will only grow in the ground in areas Mediterranean or tropical climate.
If it can withstand temperatures up to -8 see -10 °, it must necessarily be planted at theshelter from the wind and in full sun.

In this case, mix your garden soil with planting soil and make sure that your soil is well drained.
Otherwise, dig a slightly deeper hole and put a layer of pebbles, gravel, sand or clay balls at the bottom.

  • Multiplication fortunella margarita by layering.

Pruning, maintenance of fortunella margarita

No pruning is really necessary.

To rebalance the silhouette of the fortunella margarita, prune lightly in the spring after harvest or after repotting if it is in a pot.

You will be able add citrus fertilizer throughout the growth phase.

In winter, if you are worried about severe frost and it is in a pot, put it in a cool and bright room but where it can not freeze.
While fortunella margarita is resistant to freezing temperatures, its fruits will fall from the first frost.

Watering the fortunella margarita

Indoors, water regularly, but not excessively as soon as the soil is dry.

In winter, space the watering a little more in order to let the earth dry in depth between 2 waterings.

All you need to know about the fortunella margarita

Fortunella margarita is a small fruit shrub that gives edible fruits and all of which is edible.
We are missing the flesh but also the skin of the kumquat.

Indoors and in pots, you will install it in a bright place, but avoiding the sun during the hottest hours.

In winter it needs a certain coolness and will not withstand the heat of a house or apartment. Find him a bright room where the temperature will not drop below 0 °.

Diseases, parasites of fortunella margarita

  • Mealybugs, whitish down on the foliage: how to fight?

Tip about fortunella margarita

Regular intake of citrus fertilizer will enhance the flowering and fruiting of your fortunella margarita.

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Video: Tips on How to Grow Kumquats in a Container. Helping them Produce Year after Year (October 2020).