Kumquat graft question

ryvenMarch 9, 2012

Hi All!

I bought a kumquat last summer and by fall, all of the leaves fell off. I attributed this to too much water (as it was raining and I left the poor guy outside), so I brought it in. The leaves are starting to come back now, but so are other shoots! I know that kumquats are generally grafted with other citrus, but after searching through leaf images I can't find one that matches. The leaves that mine is growing looks similar to a fig leaf.

Is it possible that it was grafted with a fig? What are kumquats generally grafted with? If it something desirable, can I grow both sides of the tree?

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Similar to a fig, the leaves aren't large, but similarly shaped.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 1:59PM
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Can you post a picture of the leaves close-up? Do the new leaves have a pronounced winged petiole? Could be Citrus Macrophylla

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 3:27PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Sounds like the rootstock is sending up shoots. If it has three leaves in a cluster, it's a trifoliate rootstock of some sort, possibly Fly Dragon. Post photos. In any event, if these shoots are coming from below the rootstock/scion graft, you'll need to cut them off so the rootstock does not overtake your variety scion, or you'll lose your tree.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 5:31PM
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My guess is that John is right. Nurseries like to graft Kumquats with to something that will really push the tree large and fast.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 8:14AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

All our kumquats here in my neck of the woods are grafted onto trifoliate of some sort. It kind of looks like a fig leaf with the 3 leaflets. See if this is what your rootstock sprouts look like. In any event, then need to be cut off to save the scion :-)

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Citrus trifoliata photo

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Look at the trunk to see where the graft is. It should look like a bump or line a little above the root. Remove any shoots coming from below the graft. The rootstock is probably trifoliate orange. It is surely another citrus, not a fig.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 5:10PM
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Thanks all! I decided to chop it off before checking the posts again. It was from below the graft (from what I can tell, no expert here) and it was taller then the rest of my branches! Now hopefully, I can convince the leaves to continue growing.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 10:35AM
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