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Sunsquat is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

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Sunsquat is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

Overview of Sunsquat

• A sunquat is commonly known as lemonquat or lemondrop.
• This is a variety of citrus fruit.
• It has an edible rind.
• It was initially created by Leslie Cude in Beeville, Texas.
• It is also a chance hybrid between a lemon (likely a ‘Meyer’) and a kumquat.
• The fruit is often sliced thin.
• It has somewhat tart flavor.
• The flowers are hermaphrodite.
• This plant needs light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. It thrives in acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• It prefers moist soil.
• Fruit is used raw or cooked of this plant.
• The fruit is very acidic.

Scientific classification for Sunsquat

• Kingdom : Plantae
• Division : Magnoliophyta
• Class : Magnoliopsida
• Subclass : Rosidae
• Order : Sapindales
• Family : Rutaceae
• Genus : Citrus
• Species : C. limon x Citrus japonica

Growing/Caring conditions

• 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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