Sudachi tree

  • £59.00


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Sudachi trees are grafted onto specially selected rootstock (Citrange – C35) to allow them to produce this fantastic fruit in the UK. Hardy for short periods of frost down to –5ºC this tree requires a warm, sheltered spot plus extra protection in heavy frosts if it is to be planted outside in the UK. This should not be attempted until you have raised the plant for a minimum of two years in a pot. Our recommendation is to grow Sudachi in a pot move the tree indoors over winter.  Raising the trees indoors all year round is possible in sunny location.

The trees flower in spring and form fruit in small clusters which are ready to harvest in late autumn and winter.  All trees stand 100-120cm tall (including pot) and were grafted a minimum of 18 months ago.

Sudachi is a sour citrus used as a flavouring for both sweet and savoury dishes; the juice is almost always used unripe when it has a powerful, zesty aroma with a peppery lime like flavour.

 

QUALIFIES FOR FREE P&P IN UK

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In containers use free draining compost, additional perlite or hardwood bark will improve drainage if the compost does not already contain these. Irrigation should be controlled to maintain the compost moist and never saturated. Re-pot every 1-2 years increasing the size of the pot each time. If you choose to move your tree in winter remember to use a light pot. Raise the base of the pot above the surrounding ground to allow for free drainage of any excess water. 

Outdoors a sunny, south facing, sheltered spot is desirable. Acidic soils are preferable, clay soils should be avoided if possible and if not mixed with sand to allow for good drainage and mounding the earth above the soil level is recommended in these conditions. In dry conditions once or twice weekly watering is preferable to little and often. A summer mulch will help maintain moisture and reduce risk of the roots drying out. 

Water logging is the most common ailment in the UK climate so please follow the drainage advice above and prevent the tree sitting in water.

A controlled release, nitrogen rich citrus fertiliser applied in spring will support growth, liquid fertilisers should be applied in low strengths little and often to prevent excessive levels. 

The most likely pest attack would come from aphid or mites. Encourage natural predators like ladybirds, lacewings and spiders. If evidence is seen a spray bottle filled with water and a couple drops of mild dish detergent will usually deter them. Keep trees dust free (mites loves dust) by gently rinsing the leaves with a very mild soap or rinsing outdoor trees with a hose every couple of weeks. 

All citrus trees require a period of night time temperatures below 12ºC for optimum spring flowering. If flowering is prolific in the first two years it is recommended to remove some of the fruits when very small so the tree is not over burdened. A first and second year harvest of 6-12 fruits is considered sustainable. 

Be warned, yuzu trees wear their hardiness on the outside sporting sharp thorns that will make themselves known if not handled with care. These can be removed if they are a hazard. 

The most likely pest attack would come from aphid or mites. Encourage natural predators like ladybirds, lacewings and spiders. If evidence is seen a spray bottle filled with water and a couple drops of mild dish detergent will usually deter them. Keep trees dust free (mites loves dust) by gently rinsing the leaves with a very mild soap or rinsing outdoor trees with a hose every couple of weeks. 

Highly fragrant, small white flowers appear with the spring and fruit is ready to harvest in October – December for a seasonally citrus lift to Christmas and the New Year.

Pick from the tree when the skin is a dark green as sudachi is most commonly used unripe, the fruits will be small, smaller even thank mandarins. Add to dressing, drinks and use as a topping to sushi, fish dishes and soup. If you have a bumper harvest ripe sudachi juice and zest can both be used with execeelnt results and the fruit freezes whole if required. 


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