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October 13th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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I love growing citrus... especially kumquats but during the past year my kumquats died ... Since the citrus ban I haven't been able to buy any new kumquat trees...

Just wondering if there are any kumquat lovers here?

Oh I have calamondin and lemon trees as well.
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October 20th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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I don't think we can grow citrus here in Iowa, not totally sure. I know some people that were going to try but haven't heard any updates about them. I wouldn't mind trying if I knew I had success but winters here are super harsh.
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October 20th, 2009, 05:15 PM
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We have two orange trees growing. I'm surprised any citrus can grow up north. I know they don't tolerate the cold very well. And they straight out banned it there?
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October 20th, 2009, 05:47 PM
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My citrus trees are not growing in the ground. they are all containerized. I really want to buy a kumquat tree right now since I think the ban was lifted but I really dont want to shell out the $80 for it.

I wished I lived in a warmer climate area where the citrus could survive in the ground.
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October 28th, 2009, 05:05 AM
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Is it possible that you can start all these from the seeds? I know it will take a long time but it's one way to bypass the ban on them.
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October 28th, 2009, 05:09 AM
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Is it possible that you can start all these from the seeds? I know it will take a long time but it's one way to bypass the ban on them.
well the ban is lifted but the kumquat trees are so expensive. ugh...

as for growing them from seeds... Kumquats that are grown from seeds will not be true to form. They may or may not turn out to be kumquats. They may or many not fruit when they are fruiting age.

Kumquats are usually grafted from other citrus stock. I was going to try and graft some of my kumquats before they died but now it's too late. They are all dead.
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October 28th, 2009, 05:13 AM
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aw, sorry about that. I did not know that. What the heck are they grafted from?
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October 28th, 2009, 05:18 AM
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I'm not sure how kumquats started but i do know is that when you have a fairly well established kumquat you can cut the year old branches and put them in rooting powder and then graft them on hardy citrus stocks. Or you can air root them by cutting a small slit on the young kumquat branches and put the rooting powder on it then wrapping it with moss and cellophane. Then you wait till it spouts root then cut it off and plant it in the dirt without grafting it.
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October 28th, 2009, 05:20 AM
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See! I do learn something new everyday! Thank you! Might have to keep that in mind because of my willow tree.
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