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Choosing a Kumquat.

Posted by raisefire Zone 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 22, 12 at 11:03

I'm looking at purchasing a kumquat to add to my collection of citrus. I've never tried a kumquat before but have read they can be very delicious. I've looked around at local nursurys and none have or can get any. I searched the web and have found a few but would like some advise before purchasing. I live in tx so I'm kinna limited on what I can get.

Nagami
Meiwa Sweet
Changshou

What do y'all think of these and which one y'all would prefer?
If you know any other kumquats that I can have shipped in tx and and would recommend that would be great.


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RE: Choosing a Kumquat.

I've never had Changshou, so I cant comment on that variety.

Meiwa is more palatable than Nagami in my opinion. Meiwa is still somewhat tart (to me anyways), but Nagami is just too tart to enjoy fresh; I think it's almost like eating a lemon but with a sweet rind.

If you can find a seedless variety, consider putting priority on that aspect. Most of my Nagami fruits had like 3 seeds. Meiwa usually has less seeds but 1 seed is still too much for such a small fruit. The seeds are about the same size as other citrus fruit seeds.


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  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 22, 12 at 17:01

Im pretty sure you'll have a hard time shipping one into texas

Mike


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RE: Choosing a Kumquat.

Raisefire, I prefer Meiwa, much sweeter than the other two varieties you've mentioned. And you'll have to find a citrus grower in your state, as Texas is a quarantined state. However, there are some good online sources in the state of Texas, so you should be able to find a nice Kumquat from an online Texas source I would think.

Patty S.


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The first time I tried Nagami, I wanted to spit it out. The first time I tried Meiwa, I knew I had to go get it and plant it in my yard. Never had Changshou


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For fresh eating, a Meiwa. I've only had one ripe fruit from my Fukushu which I believe is the same as Changshou. It actually tasted like a giant Meiwa.


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I like the plain Meiwa. The supposed Chanshou's floating around are mostly hybrids with some mandarine and have a fair tasting shin but they are not so good inside. They are small plum sized.


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Thanks everyone. Ive located some just south of where I'm at and I would have to get one next time I'm down there. From what I've gathered, Meiwa seems to be the favor and Ill be looking out for it. Thanks again.


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I just got me my Meiwa. My brother picked it up for me when he was on his way up to visit. The tree was in decent shape except that it looks to have some salt burn on it and three 1ft branches were coming from the rootstock which appears to be trifoliate. I already pruned the rootstock off and cleaned out the pot since it had about 2in of decomposing leaves in it. All in all my brother got me a good one even though he knows nothing about plants in general. Best part of all it has 3 kumquats on it that are just about ripe!!

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Beautiful little tree! Well done, and enjoy your Meiwa. They are nice and sweet, and I really think the best of all the kumquats for eating out of hand. Now, if we can just come up with a seedless variety, like the Nordmann Seedless Nagami, then you've got the perfect kumquat.

Patty S.


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Thank you Patty. Well according to the tag it claims to be seedless but I'm skeptical. Through my research Meiwa have seeds but very little. I guess it just enough to brand it seedless. Just have to wait until I get a hold of one.

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Hmm, I think that's a stretch to call a Meiwa "seedless". I'd say they have less seeds than many other kumquat varieties (except Nordmann Seedless Nagami of course, as they really are about 99.9% seedless). But, they still have seeds. Here are my Meiwa cut in half, so you can see mine are pretty full of seeds:

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Hopefully your little tree will be less seedy than mine :-) They're still quite yummy, even though I have to do a fair amount of spitting, lol!!

Patty S.


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Nice selection.
IIRC some citrus varieties are irradiated to produce seedless mutations. Perhaps this was done to Meiwa also to produce a seedless version. But of course the world isn't exactly perfect to our expectations and a seedless citrus still means there will be a few seeds every now and then.


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Well I can report that I did bite into one to day and it did not have any seeds in it. Although it did still have some green on the rind and had some bitterness to it I still enjoyed my first kumquat. I think I'll let the others stay on for a bit longer before I harvest those.


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There is a seedless meiwa x nagami floating around Houston. I have one. However it is extremely late. I saw a full size tree in March in Rosenburg and all the kumquats were still green. Seedless but green. Not for me.

Here is a link that might be useful: mrtexas


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Is the "Centennial Variegated Kumquat" more ornamental than edible. I had my first fruit from it and it was very dry and what I would call pithy. I love my Meiwa


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Strudeldog:

Many young citrus trees produce pithy fruit. Underwatering makes some mandarins pithy.

Citrus is commercially "seedless" if it has fruit averaging something like four to six seeds per fruit, or less.

Larry


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Just wanted to give an update on my tree. I finally bought me a house and I planted it inground late last year. It survived the winter unprotected and its growing quite nicely except it hasn't held on to any fruit yet. It constantly blooms and has flushed 4 times this year. Thanks for all you guys do on here!!

Taken around march this year. Shows signs of chlorosis but expected.
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Taken yesterday.
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Congrats on your Meiwa. I have 3 old trees that have the typical seed content. Eventually , your tree will vastly outgrow the small corner that you planted it in. Replanting it in winter to a spot 2-3 feet further out will be appreciated in the future when the leaves and twigs are not all tangled up in the fence. I just ate a Changshou that was 95% ripe and enjoyed it, despite the 8 seeds. It was twice the size of most Meiwa fruit. Nibble and spit seeds. Sweet/tart. Great aftertaste. Regretfully, it is grafted to a Volka r/s, which is NOT cold tolerant. Bad choice. A Thomasville Citrangequat r/s would have been both compatible and cold tolerant.


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