How to Start a Cumquat Bush From the Fruit

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The Cumquat (or kumquat) is a type of citrus fruit. It is orange, oblong and is eaten whole--skin and all. Unlike other citrus fruits that have bitter skins, the cumquat skin is mildly sweet. Cumquat bushes generally are smaller and quite attractive, with shiny green leaves and beautiful clusters of orange fruit. Each cumquat fruit has between two and five seeds. These seeds can be germinated to raise your own cumquat bush.

Sprouting a Cumquat Bush

Step 1

Cut open a cumquat fruit and retrieve the seeds.

Step 2

Mix equal amounts of potting soil and sand, fill the planter and water thoroughly.

Step 3

While the seeds are still fresh and moist, plant them approximately ½-inch deep and at least four inches apart in the soil mixture. Water the seeds.

Step 4

Place the planter in a warm place to allow them to germinate.

Step 5

Check the seeds every day for about a week to see if they have sprouted. Once the seedlings have three to four leaves on them, you can transplant each seedling to its own pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Cumquat seeds
  • Potting soil / sand mixture
  • Medium planter


  • Kumquats and other citrus
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