Does anyone grow Indio Mandarinquat Kumquat?

olympia_gardener(5)August 8, 2012

This plant is supposed to be kumquat hybrid with orange. Don't know how, but it is what said. Great concept, larger size friut but still maitain kumqaut flavor. But I am wondering if anyone have grown this plant and had tasted the fruits. I am looking for first hand expereinces and comments on how easy to grow this plant; any special care requirements; how many fruits a tree can fruit, my regular kumqaut tree grows a treefull of kumqauts, I am wondering if this plant does the same; The flavor of the fruits; etc. ect... Thanks.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

I have one Olympia. It is probably a cross between a Nagami kumquat and some unknown mandarin (it was a chance seedling found under a Nagami kumquat tree.) It is a tall tree, FULL of fruit, just like a kumquat or a calamondin. Fruit tastes much like a kumquat (which I'm not a fan of, but for those that are, they like them very much). Easy to grow, similar requirements as a kumquat, cold tolerant. Interesting tree. Dr. Kahn at the UC Riverside Citrus Variety Collection likes them.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: UC Riverside Citrus Variety Collection: Indio Mandarinquat

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 4:38PM
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olympia_gardener(5)

Hi, Patty, Thank you for the information and the UCR link. Actually, your too many Meyer post made my hands itch or mouth watering for something tasting. I am a big fan of kumquats. love the balanced sweet/tart flavor. The fruit can be tossed into mouth like cherry tomatoes right off the tree.
you mentioned calamondine here. I have see it was called Phillipine lime. Does fully ripe calamondine taste like kumquats? I have never had calamodine fruits. I am just curious. Can calamodine fruits be eaten like kumquats? I have a kumquat that was called Phillippine kumquat by the person who gave it to me, but I have never heard any kumquat is called Phillpine kumquat anywhere. I suspect it might be the phillipean lime, which is the calamodine.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 5:14PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Ah, not so much. They are much, much tarter than kumquats, but I hear they make a nice marmalade. I have a row of 5 variegated calamondins that are ornamentals for me. I don't use the fruit. They are a very pretty landscaping tree. They are round, about the size of a large, but round kumquat. Smaller than a ping pong ball. And a very pretty tree.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 6:08PM
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mrtexas(9a)

I've grown this for many years as an ornamental. Makes very pretty but very sour fruit. It is a juicy citrus unlike the kumquat. IMHO is it not edible out of hand unless you like eating lemons out of hand.

Here is a link that might be useful: mrtexas

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 11:09PM
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mrtexas(9a)

IMHO calamondin is not edible out of hand, way too sour. I don't like the marmalade it makes either.

Here is a link that might be useful: mrtexas

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 11:11PM
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tripletail(9)

I have a ten year old Indio on FD rootstock and it makes a very pretty tree. It's in my wifes front flower bed and during the winter the fruit is very showy. Taste wise, it is not very edible. My only use is to throw a few in my mixed marmalade's for color.

I like to fresh squeeze my calamondin over fish/shrimp dishes. Other than that I don't use them much for anything else, other than one of my friends likes them in his mixed drinks.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 9:48PM
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olympia_gardener(5)

Hi, all . Thanks for sharing all the info. about both trees.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:13AM
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olympia_gardener(5)

Hi, all . Thanks for sharing all the info. about both trees.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:14AM
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