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tedburn:
Tuesday I got an Nippon Orangequat with a really wonderful fruit, 6cm in diameter, wonderful mandarinorange flavour and very juicy, delicious.
I read it could take down to 10 F.
Does anyone cultivate this wonderful plant and what are the expiriences concerning cold hardiness and other specifics of the plant. Thanks Frank

poncirsguy:
I am glad your fruit is tasty.  everything I have read is that the fruit is so sour it has no flavor.  Marumi kumquat on Flying dragon properly hardened can go down to 10F with no damage and 0-F with leaf loss.

tedburn:
Thanks Poncirusguy, I think there are several cultivars under the name Orangequat, mine is a cross of mandari x meiwa kumquat and so the fruit tastet realy delicious.
But I think hardiness is therefore also limited for planting in ground at my zone 7 place, without more protection.

SoCal2warm:
From what I understand, Nippon orangequat is only as hardy as kumquat, which is only a little bit hardier than Satsuma mandarin.

They're edible, but some people complain that they are not as good eating quality inside as Satsuma (or a regular mandarin), and their outside peel is not as edible as a kumquat. That mixing together the traits of both are not really the most desirable thing for being able to enjoy the fruits.

SoCal2warm:

--- Quote from: tedburn on January 15, 2022, 01:48:39 AM ---But I think hardiness is therefore also limited for planting in ground at my zone 7 place, without more protection.

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I am pretty sure Nippon Orangequat is not going to be able to survive zone 7 in Germany without protection.
I remember someone did an experiment and planted a kumquat just outside of Atlanta (US state of Georgia, zone 7b), and even covered the plant with frost cloth, and it did not survive.

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