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Sudachi is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

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Sudachi is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

Overview of Sudachi

• Sudachi is a small, round and green citrus fruit.
• It is a specialty of Tokushima Prefecture in Japan.
• It is sour and not eaten as fruit.
• It is used as food flavoring in the place vinegar.
• It is cultivated for centuries in parts of Japan.
• The squeezed citrus juice is used as an alternative of vinegar.
• Sudachi is one among other bitter oranges.
• Cultivation is centered mainly in the communities of Sanagouchi-son, Kamikatsu-cho and Kamiyama-cho.
• The plant has white flowers.
• It blooms in May and June.
• The fruits form in bunches or in tight clusters.
• Sudachi fruits will eventually develop a yellow-orange rind color.
• They are used while still green.
• They contain large smooth seeds, containing green polyembryo.

It is:
– served as garnish.
– traditional Japanese dishes which include fish, soba, udon, nabe, and even some alcoholic beverages.
– used in as ice cream, vodka coolers, ice pops, and soft drinks.

Scientific classification for Sudachi

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

Growing/Caring conditions

• It grows in full sun.
• It should be regularly watered when the weather is warm.
• It should be less watered during cold season.
• 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.
• The container should be light weight but sturdy.
• Plant the lime in the pot with peat-based potting soil.
• Tamp the soil down with fingers.
• 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.
• 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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