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Yuzuquat – a trigeneric hybrid between a Yuzu lemon and ‘Nagami’ kumquat.

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A Yuzuquat is a trigeneric hybrid between a Yuzu lemon and ‘Nagami’ kumquat.

Overview of Yuzuquat

• It was developed by Dr. John Brown in Texas.
• The fruit often is used as a lemon substitute.
• It is very seedy.
• Yuzu is a cross between Citrus ichangensis and C. reticulata.
• Yuzu was crossed with the ‘Nagami’ Kumquat (Fortunella margarita) to produce the Yuzuquat.
• It is an attractive evergreen citrus.
• It bears sour juicy lemon-like fruits.
• The fruits are a great substitute for the common commercial lemon.
• This tree is considerably colder hardy.
• The hybrid grows to a height of up to 10-12 Feet.
• It can spread to 6-8 Feet.
• The plant has average Water Needs.
• Water regularly but do not over water.

Scientific classification for Yuzuquat

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Sapindales
• Family : Rutaceae
• Genus : Citrus

Growing/Caring conditions for Yuzuquat

• Plant the lime in a container.
• The container should be 2 to 4 inches larger in diameter than the root ball of the plant.
• Make at least one drainage hole in the bottom.
• Move the lime tree outdoors in summer.
• Consider a sturdy but lightweight container such as fiberglass or vinyl.
• Plant the lime in the pot with peat-based potting soil.
• Tamp the soil down with fingers.
• The top of the root ball should be 1 inch below the top of the container’s rim.
• Do not cover the root ball in soil.
• Give lime tree lukewarm water after planting.
• Water should soak in around the perimeter of the root ball until liquid drains from the bottom hole.
• This watering compacts the potting soil.
• Soil particles come in direct contact with the root ball and eliminate air pockets.
• Add additional potting soil to the container after watering.
• Move the lime tree to a sunny, warm room.
• Citrus trees need direct sun rays.
• Water the soil to keep it evenly moist from late spring to early fall.
• Do not over-water.
• Lime tree roots do not tolerate soggy soils.
• From November to March, keep the soil slightly drier before watering.
• Apply a well-balanced formula of slow-release granular or water-soluble fertilizer from mid-spring to early fall.
• A 6-6-6 or 10-10-10 formula with micro-nutrients works well.
• Trim leggy branches with hand pruners in early spring through early summer.
• Make pruning cuts 1/4-inch above a lower branch junction or leaf.

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