Kumquat Problems (Maybe?)

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    Miles

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    Okay guys.

    So, its getting towards the end of winter here in Moscow, and I've had my potted kumquat inside my living room for a while now. I leave it under a lamp for about 8 hours a day and I water it every 10-14 days. The tree is about 5 years old, but I've only had it for the last 10 months.

    A few things have been happening recently:

    1) the leaves are looking a little wrinkly, and several have fallen off (maybe 15 in the last month). I know that the leaves are supposed to drop periodically, but this seems like too much, and some areas are left completely bare.
    2) It flowered recently (exactly three flowers)
    3) Its growing some new leaves

    This all seems odd, as its still winter time. Have I been giving it too much light? Too much water? Is it too hot/dry in my house? I haven't been giving it any fertilizer for the last couple months. Should I start again?

    Please let me know what you think is going on
     

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    I couldn't tell for sure but it appears that the tree is planted too deep. You should be able to see the top of the root flare. This problem will shorten the life to the tree and cause all sorts of problems. Google root flare pictures to get a better understanding.
     
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    Thanks! Maybe i put too much on when I re-potted it. I took a bit off the top and I've attached a photo. Too much, too little?

    I have some questions about the flowers and new growth though. Should I allow the new leaves to form? Should I allow the flowers to fruit even though its not the correct season (although I suppose there's nothing around to pollinate them). It just seems strange to me that it's growing and flowering at this time of year. Anyways, it's only the first year I've had it, so I'm not totally sure.

    Thanks!
     

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    I think you took away a tad too much soil. You want it so you can just see the top of the roots entirely around the tree. Never take leaves off of a tree. Leaves are what provide photosynthesis. Kumquats are like most citrus in that they can flower just about anytime but they will not set fruit. Leave it alone to do its thing and let it grow.
     
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