so i bought this plant from TSC back in april. i potted it into a 5 gal. pot and grew it indoors until the beg of june then brought it into the green house. we’ve been getting very warm for us weather. last month i gave it a few scoops of citrus fertilizer. it put on 6 in. of new growth and has 6 blooms on it. is this normal for this bush to be fruiting at such a young age? its probably 16in. tall and wide.
Well moose, I don’t see how we could possibly answer that without seeing the pictures (hint, hint)!
calamondins are quite precocious, either as 6" tall airlayers or as grafts(as long as the graft or airlayer was obtained from a mature specimen).
give it as much sun as there is available and it may even multi-crop for you. They make good zests, having a milder tang compared to limes and lemons.
I have many citrus plants but not Calamondin. The ones at nurseries have so many fruits and they are sour so I know I don’t have much use for it, but the fruits and the trees are beautiful. I never can predict what happens to the trees. Enjoy the flowers and don’t worry. If they don’t set fruit this time, they will when you do not expect.
The fruit is typically used as a flavoring agent in other drinks, or in baking.
Commercial calamondin drinks are 6% to 10% juice.
I’ve heard that small citrus should not be allowed to set fruit. They need to grow roots instead for the first year or two. I think they treat the ones in the nursery with gibberilic acid to force blooms. D
One fruit per 30 leaves will not affect growth.
Good to know. Thanks.
But I have a procimequat , 2yrs old from seed, that had 2 blooms , one set a tiny fruit. ~16 inches tall.
Amazingly precocious for citrus.
Ripe fruit smaller than a dime , easily fit in say ,a beer bottle.
Come true from seed.
i also have a kumquat i bought at the same time, planted in the same soil but it only put out a few new leaves.
I would like some procimequat seeds. Where did you get them?
I got the seed from a fruit off another tree I have , ( had)
Don’t remember the original source. ( maybe woodlanders ? )
That tree was small and productive for several years ,
But suddenly died. Luckily I have a back up , grafted to a larger root stock, putting on lots of growth, but I only see one small fruit right now.
I will send you some seed when I get some.
@hillbillyhort, thank you.