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Limequat Eustis (Citrus × floridana)
*Our plants are large and matured. Some will have a lot of fruit on and ready to be re planted.
Limequats Eustis are hybrids of the key lime (Citrus aurantiifolia) and the kumquat (usually the round kumquat, Fortunella japonica). They look like small, elongated limes and can be eaten whole, including the skin.
The Limequat Eustis has a slightly more tart flavor compared to other limequat varieties and is often used in marmalades, jellies, and as a garnish. Like other citrus, limequats are a good source of Vitamin C.
If you’re interested in growing them or using them in culinary dishes, they can offer a unique twist due to their combination of lime and kumquat flavours.
The skin of limequats, much like that of kumquats, is sweet and edible, which contrasts with the tangy or tart flesh inside. This combination of sweet skin and tart inner flesh makes limequats unique and particularly enjoyable to eat. They can be consumed whole or used in various recipes. The sweet skin and tangy flesh offer a balanced and refreshing flavor profile, which can be a delightful surprise for those trying them for the first time.
It’s also worth noting that while limequats are more cold-hardy than some citrus varieties due to their kumquat heritage, they are still subtropical plants. If you live in an area where temperatures drop below their tolerance levels, consider growing limequats in containers so you can move them indoors or to a more sheltered location during the coldest months.
They prefer full sun but in the warm areas of the country will handle some shade.
Need water regularly especially during summer. Avoid over watering.
Well-draining slightly acidic soils. Use high quality organic mix. Suitable for container.
Citrus are heavy nutrient feeders, use a high nitrogen NPK fertiliser. Apply 200g at the drip line (2/3 in spring and 1/3 in summer) increasing this by 200g per year until you are applying 2kg. Apply manure in the autumn spread under the tree with mulch.
Wind tolerant. Young plants need protection cover.
Withstand some frost to a degree.
1-3 years after planting for grafted plant.
Citrus are not trained to any particular shape, some varieties do not need any shaping at all. Prune to shape if necessary and any dead or diseased branches. They will tolerate heavy cutting back. Also remove any sucker growth.