Fancy a fresh margarita? Anyone?
Citrus trees can be incredibly fun to have in your home. Who wouldn’t like to have a vibrant green tree full of bright flavoured fruit?
Caring for and growing your own 'Lime Tree' can have its benefits!
You don’t need to have a large garden in order to successfully grow a Lime Tree. They can be grown year-round indoors!
Key Benefits of Lime Tree
The tiny white flowers emit a delicately sweet fragrance for the short time that they are around. The delicious bright flavoured fruit is edible and can be used in a mirage of different recipes!
Lime Tree Plant Care Tips
How to care for information
- Citrus trees require lots of drainage, they become very upset if excess water is allowed to pool near their roots.
- While Citrus Tree needs lots of direct and bright light, this light should not exceed 8hrs a day. Having an excess of 8+Hrs of light per day will cause the tree to enter a vegetative state and it will fail to flower or fruit.
- When flowers occur, gently use a q tip or small brush and rub the centres of each flower. This will help pollinate your tree and encourage fruiting to occur.
- Nitrogen is key to a happy citrus tree! Select a Nitrogen heavy fertiliser that is formulated for citrus trees. Stay away from fertilizer sticks, instead add worm casting to the soil for an extra boost!
- Keep your tree away from drafts or heat vents, the temperature should not fluctuate wildly.
- Humidity is key to a happy citrus plant! In the mornings or use a humidifier or diffuser near the tree to boost the surrounding humidity.
The Lime Tree Plant Story
Where is it from?
The 'Lime Tree' is native to southern regions of Iran.
Who is the Lime Tree?
Unlike a Key Lime’ the citrus limetta has a lighter flavour and is not nearly as sour. At full maturity, the tree can grow up to 8meter tall and with a canopy of 1 to 1.5 meters wide.
The fruit is small oval in shape, with a thinner bright green skin. And closely resembles a small orange in shape.
Is the Lime Tree the right plant for me?
Citrus trees can be notoriously difficult to care for indoors, especially if you are new to plants. However, they are also one of the most rewarding plants to carrefour. And the Lime Tree is no exception to this!
If you are dedicated and can commit to caring for the Lime Tree and meet its environmental needs, come summer you should have a few prized green gems on your hands!
Pet Friendly: No, these plants contain thorns and oil that can be dangerous to our pets.
Plant Care Level: Advanced
Location Suggestions: Select the perfect location for your Lime Tree based on the lighting! Choose a South facing window and keep away from cold drafts and heat vents! If this doesn’t work for you, a strong Grow light can be used as a substitute.
Toxicity: Mildly toxic. The fruit should not be eaten, same as the tree itself.