Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 3-5 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 2-3 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus japonica
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, FL, LA, TX
Fruit with the sweetness of limes and zest of citrus
The Limequat is exactly how it sounds, a natural cross between a Key Lime and a Kumquat. They are small yellow-green oblong fruit about the size of kumquats that you can snack on without the time consuming hassle of peeling them.
When eaten fresh Limequats are an extremely satisfying snack with a chewy rind, wet citrus flesh and an abundance of juice. They have the sweet flavors of limes and oranges with a tart aftertaste. Their unique flavor is perfect for cooking with, as well as adding to drinks to give your favorite recipes some extra zest.
Limequat trees are one of the most highly recommended houseplants because they love growing in containers indoors. They’ll brighten any room with their glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers that turn into green fruits before ripening to a vivid shade of yellow.
During the warmer months you can place your Limequat tree out on the deck or patio for a decorative ornamental tree. They can be placed in corners as accent pieces or on tabletops to be the center of attention.
Your family and friends will love hanging out around your unique Limequat trees because they naturally give off a sweet citrus fragrance, especially when in bloom. They’re also entraining to watch because they always seem to be opening new blooms or producing more fruit. Plus they can pick fruit right off the tree for snacking or to garnish their drinks.
Limequats are a favorite fruit to grow among gardeners of all levels from beginners to advanced, because they are drought tolerant, heat resistant and even survive in low light. Best of all, they require very little attention in order to bloom and produce tons of fruit.
Limequat Citrus Tree Pollination
Limequat Citrus Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Limequat Citrus Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Not good for indoors
I bought the tree for indoors and it hasn't grown very much. At first many of the leaves fell off but then there were some blooms. I have one limequat at the moment and it is still green. There have been no new leaves grown in the six months that I have had the plant.
We love this tree. I sent one to my daughter in Connecticut as well. We live in Michigan. Our limequat arrived just a month ago and it already has thirteen baby fruit on it. It's in a big pot in the living room receiving 6 hours of indirect light from the North. It's a joy!
Planting & Care
The Limequat Citrus Tree (Citrus japonica × Citrus aurantiifolia) is a moderately cold hardy citrus tree that does very well when grown in containers but can also be grown outdoors in zones 8-11. It’s a small plant, only reaching a mature height of 3-5 feet and width of 2-3 feet. The fruit is a cross between a key lime and a kumquat and is small, oval and typically picked when green and allowed to turn yellow while sitting on the counter. Ready to harvest from November through March, they have a juicy flavor of a lime and orange with a tart aftertaste. It’s a popular fruit in Florida where it is often used to make limequat pie and can also be used to flavor drinks and dishes and is a great source of vitamin C.
Seasonal Information: Limequat trees will do best in warmer climates as it is classified as a tropical plant. Zones 8 to 11 are ideal for outdoor planting. However, if you do experience cold winters, plant your limequat tree in a container and bring it inside for the fall and winter seasons. We recommend planting in Spring through Fall for outdoors since they are sensitive to colder temperatures.
Selecting a location: Choose a location where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. They can tolerate some shade, but thrive in full sun. You’ll want to ensure trees are spaced 8-10 feet apart if planting more than one. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity so you may also need to create humidity for your tree by misting the leaves daily with water. Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity but placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant will feed humidity to the tree as the water evaporates.
Planting Directions (in Ground): If you are located in zones 8-11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your limequat will do well being planting outside in the ground. Be sure the area has well draining soil.
1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root system.
2) Place the tree in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-draining, acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you backfill the hole to cut back on any pockets from forming.
4) After planting, be sure to give your limequat tree a deep watering for about 5 minutes. Mulching around the tree will help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm in the colder winter months as well.
Planting Instructions (potted): If your winter temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees, plant your tree in a container that can easily be brought outside in the summer months and inside in the winter. A planter with built-in casters is a good choice so it can easily be moved. Choose a pot slightly larger than what it was shipped in that has plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil preferably recommended for acid loving citrus plants.
1) Fill your pot halfway with soil. Remove the tree from it’s original pot and gently place it in the potting soil.
2) Fill in around the tree with the remainder of the potting soil but be sure not to cover the grafted area of the tree. Leave about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
3) Lightly pack down the soil. Immediately after planting, give your tree a deep watering until it flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
4) Place your tree in an area of your home, preferably a south-facing window, where it is going to get plenty of sunlight. Supplement with a grow light if it will not receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. You may also need to create humidity for your tree by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles or misting the leaves daily with water.
Pollination assistance: You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand since most people do not keep a healthy bee population within their home. Simply take a small, dry, fine tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. Do this once daily and don’t wash the paintbrush until after the blooms have been pollinated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit will begin to form.
Watering: Limequats do not like wet feet. Be sure to give your tree a deep watering so that it can penetrate into the root system. After watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Yellowing and droopy leaves is a common sign of over watering while brown, dry leaves are a sign of under watering. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds.
For potted limequats, stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When ready to water, stop once you see it escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.
Fertilization: Feed your limequat tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus specific fertilizer once every six weeks. Espoma Citrus Tone is highly recommended but any organic fertilizer specifically for citrus should suffice. This will help keep your tree on a healthy growth cycle but also replenish the nutrients in the soil. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2-3 months. Once the tree has matured a bit and has got a few years on it, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted limequat trees as well. Make sure to follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.
Pruning: Pruning can be done at any time of the year for in ground planted limequats except in the winter. Make 45-degree angle cuts to remove dead or crossing limbs and also to thin out the tree to allow more light to flow between the branches. “Leggy” looking branches may indicate that there is not enough light getting to the tree’s interior. After the tree fruits, remove any dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree. Remove suckers as they form/grow from the base as they will steal away nutrients from the primary trunk of the tree. Pruning can be done at any time of the year for the potted limequat.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
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