These instructions are sent with the plant gift
This little tree has both decorative fruit and fragrant flowers - sometimes both at once. It can bring pleasure for months, or even years, with the right care. The fruit is edible, but not sweet - good for flavouring cooked dishes or sliced in cold drinks.
Citrus trees need light and like to be near a window, skylight or patio door. In Summer your limequat will enjoy a sheltered patio, but needs to come inside as soon as there is a nip in the evening air. Try to keep your plant away from cold draughts, direct sunlight and radiators.
While plants are in a pot they will need regular watering, but it is important not to let the roots get waterlogged. Remove the pot from inside its basket or container. Water thoroughly from the top until excess water drains right through the pot and out of the bottom. If the leaves start to droop or curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away. You will need to water much less in winter.
In the summer, citrus trees will benefit from citrus feed every few weeks to encourage growth. If you need to repot your plant do so in the spring in citrus compost. As a general rule they flower in Summer and fruits ripen in the winter. The fruits are ready to harvest when they turn yellow and are sweeter than limes with an edible rind. They are good for flavouring cooked dishes or adding a tang to cold drinks.
The most common problem with a limequat is leaves dropping due to over or under watering. If the leaves turn crisp before they drop off it is likely to be underwatering. If, however if they are soft before dropping your plant may need less water. A return to a regular watering routine should help your plant recover, but in severe cases it may be necessary to cut off any dead growth and be patient while it recovers. If the leaf edges turn brown this is a sign of scorching. Your may need to move your plant back from a window or move it out of direct sunlight. Our plants are grown in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find any pests (including aphids or caterpillars) on your plant use a soft soap or pest spray to wash off the offending creatures and pick off any damaged leaves to keep the plant tidy.
Scientific Name:Fortunella Japonica x Citrus Aurantifolia
Sometimes called Citrofortunella floridana. This is a cross between a lime and a kumquat
Small white perfumed flowers.
Limequats are small yellow/green lime-like fruit with sweet edible rind.
A hybrid cross between a Mexican lime and a kumquat developed in 1909 by Dr. Swingle