How to grow Limequat tree

Limequat tree growing plant of the genus citrus, hybrid between Key lime and Kumquat also known as Dwarf lemon. Limequat tree grow as shrub or tree perennial evergreen with thorns also used as ornamental plant. It can grow in subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+

Leaves color green in elliptic, flowers color white with five petals the stamens color is yellow.

Limequat tree fruit

Fruit edible, taste sour with little bit bitter, fruit size ~1.5-3 cm and color is mostly yellow. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer). Rind color yellow, sometime green-yellowish. The rind is edible raw the taste is sweet sour and little bit bitter also used as flavor and fragrant

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Requirements for growing Limequat tree:
Frost free, well drained

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Air layer

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, necessary to ensure the quality of the fruits, size, taste, amount of juice and amount of seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, thorns

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 8-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b, all the year in hardiness zone 11, better not to plant it in the hot summer days

Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis

Pruning season:
When there is no fruits on the branch

How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much density

Size of the plant:
1-4m (3-12 feet), possible to grow it as shrub or tree

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water to average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun possible also in half shade but will bear less fruits

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to choose the desireable container if it’s small plant it directly if it’s a big container bigger than 100% than the root ball consider start to grow with small container, better to switch the soil once in few years, when start to grow check that the graft of the tree not too much high and choose plant that can grow as dwarf tree or to grow it as bonsai.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Flowers are white with yellow stamen

Thinning the bloom:
The first year should thinning the flowers

Pollination is done by:
Bees, self-pollination

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Autumn to the winter, the fruits will hold on the tree untill the end of the spring but need to check that they don’t become dry or rotten

Fruits pests or diseases:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, alternaria

What can be done with big quantities of Limequat tree fruit?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut brunches that grow into the fruit)

How long does it take to bear fruit?
1.5-3 years

Ripening of fruit:
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house

How to eat Limequat:
Taste of the fruits it’s like lemon or lime so can be used for the same reason, possible to eat it by peeling the peel and also possible to eat the peel.

Cultivars

Tavares limequat – Elliptic fruits

Lakeland limequat tree – Round fruits

Scientific name:

Citrus × floridana

 

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