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sudachi

Citrus sudachi

sudachi is a member of the Citrus family. Its botanical name is Citrus sudachi.

Slow-growing citrus, thought to be a wild hybrid between an ichang papeda and some variety of mandarin.

Fruit has a slightly skunky, papeda-meets-lime aroma, thin rind, very juicy, and extremely sour, like a mix of key lime and sour tangerine. Fruit is golf ball-sized, and forms in tight bunched clusters, green at first, ripening to a yellowish-orange color.

sudachi grows as an annual and is an edible fruit. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.

China is believed to be where sudachi originates from.

sudachi is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow sudachi

  • Full Sun

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  • Medium

Loves light. Seedlings will be frost sensitive. Mature plants (due to papeda ancestry) will be able to handle brief frosts with no problem.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately.

Growing sudachi from seed

Dried seed has lower germination rate. With fresh seed, clip the extreme tip, very carefully not damaging the embryo to speed up germination.

Transplanting sudachi

Companion plants for sudachi

These plants have been known to grow well alongside sudachi so consider planting:

Repellent plants for sudachi

These plants will not grow well with sudachi so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Citrus can be damaged by pests common to solanaceae/nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, tomatillo, eggplant), so care should be taken if any of those are growing nearby.

Common sudachi problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect sudachi plants:

Citrus can be easily affected by root rot if over-watered, though papeda citrus are marginally more resistant to that.

Watch for spider mites in container plants, and generally watch out for scale, whiteflies and aphids.

sudachi Folklore & Trivia

Used in Japanese cuisine, mainly as a garnish, though also occasionally in soft drinks and sorbets.

Other names for sudachi

sudachi care instructions

How long does sudachi take to grow?

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Footnotes

Popular varieties of sudachi

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