Well, kumquats are my favorite fruit. Seeing as they're virtually impossible to find in the grocery stores here practically ever, I had the bright idea of having my own kumquat trees. All the kumquats you could want, right at home, right? After a couple hundred on the trees, another hundred on the pots, and maybe $75 on some quality LED grow lights, not to mention a lot of work and a fall sitting out in the yard and heaving them inside.... I now have 3 trees in pots which are weathering the Midwest winter in the basement under the 'hydroponic' red/blue lights, by a basement window. With these bulbs, which are new technology, Taotronics 36W '3 band' grow lights, I'm actually having some luck.... and the seemingly impossible is happening- it appears the trees are ripening fruits yellow to orange in the basement! They never did this inside until I got these bulbs. What's more they're even starting up new fruits. That's great. The only problem is, now I'm getting some fine spidery web here and there (surely spider mites) and some tiny fluffy white spots here and there, along with a few larger ones. And for the first time since they've gone inside some feeble new leaf growth, although the incoming leaves look somewhat curly which I'm not sure whether or not is a bad sign. But yes, spider mites have come to take care of that. The plague and often the end game of practically ANYTHING I've ever tried to grow indoors. This time I was somewhat prepared, with a Neem Oil mixture which I've tried at different strengths. I have upped it as I seem at best to be holding ground, while being careful not to burn the leaves. So what I've got now is kumquat trees that reek of neem oil, and have some white fluffy spots and spider mites. But are at least, hanging on and fruiting. Well, I can't say that looks particularly appetizing, and I feel all the more the fool for spending so much time and money on this project. I guess my question is, is it safe to eat fruit that has had neem oil, spider mites and possibly cottony scale or mealy bugs thoroughly washed off, or am I going to poison myself on top of busting the wallet? As kumquats are eaten with the skin on, am I eating spider eggs, if I wash them? lol Anyone have any thoughts?