LimequatHappy Mother’s Day! This year for Mother’s Day, Dave and the kids got me (us) a Limequat tree! Limequat is a Key Lime grated onto a Kumquat.  It’s been a whole two years, which feels like eternity to not have a fresh citrus growing at your house. The Key Lime tree was easily in the Top 10 list of things that was awesome about living in Florida. Seriously, if you live in a climate where you can grow something like this – do it. The Key Lime easily took care of itself and we had so much fruit. I think we started measuring fruit production in terms of how many key lime pies I made.

It’s next to impossible to find nice sized, reasonably priced citrus plants here in Pittsburgh, PA. Most of the nurseries we went too had the cutesy pot with a little plant for $30. I preferred a bigger plant in a non-cutesy container, because I know you’re just really paying for the container and not the plant. I mean if that’s what it had to be, then so be it, but it didn’t end up that way! We finally found this one at Best Feeds in Pittsburgh for $23. It’s roughly the same size as our first Key Lime tree we had in Florida.

Growing Conditions

This tree will be an indoor/outdoor plant. Outdoor on our porch when it’s sunny and warm, and indoor for the colder seasons. HGTV has some great tips on growing citrus indoors. We have some rooms in the house that will be ideal locations for the limequat in the winter time. Hopefully the kids and the cat won’t be overly curious about the plant. I will get the girls on misting duty, and if flowers form – bee pollinating duty! My greatest concern is indoor house pests, which seem to always kill our indoor plants. (My green thumb seems to stop at the front door.)

I’m so excited! We already discussed plans for our first Key Lime. In reality, I know growing citrus in a colder climate will be a bit more of a challenge, but I’m confident we can make this work! So many good memories with our tree in Florida.

Key Lime  / Limequat - Florida Frozen

It got so cold water froze on our tree a few days after Christmas 2010. Yes – it still had fruit, we couldn’t keep up!

 

 

 

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thesugarpixieGardeningcitrus,florida,key lime,limequat,PittsburghHappy Mother's Day! This year for Mother's Day, Dave and the kids got me (us) a Limequat tree! Limequat is a Key Lime grated onto a Kumquat.  It's been a whole two years, which feels like eternity to not have a fresh citrus growing at your house. The Key...Misadventures and fun in the kitchen and beyond