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This lime plant will eventually produce both tasty fruit and fragrant flowers – sometimes both at once. It can bring pleasure for years, with the right care.
Lime trees need light. A conservatory is ideal but they will also be happy near a window in a cool, bright room. In the summer, your lime tree will enjoy a patio or sheltered spot in the garden, however young trees are not hardy and will need to come inside as soon as there is a nip in the evening air. Try to keep your plant away from cold draughts, direct sunlight and radiators.
While plants are in a pot they will need regular watering. Water thoroughly from the top until excess water drains right through the pot and out of the bottom. This will ensure the roots at the bottom get the water they need. In the winter you should expect to water your lime tree thoroughly once every 7-10 days, in the summer months you may need to water up to 5 times a week but do not stand your plant in water. Don’t worry if the soil feels dry between watering, but if the leaves start to droop or curl you know it is thirsty, so water straight away. Lime trees do need a lot of trace elements and will benefit from citrus feed every few weeks to encourage growth.
These young limes have recently been re-potted and should soon start to put on new growth and flowers. As a general rule, lime trees tend to produce flowers in late spring followed by small green fruits that can take 10 months or more to fully ripen. This variety is the Tahiti or Persian lime and is great in drinks and cooking.
Lime trees are not the easiest of plants, but they are very rewarding. Look out for signs of trouble and try to treat problems early. The most common problem is leaves dropping due to over or under watering. If leaves are crisp when they drop, this is due to under watering; if they are leathery the chances are it has been over watered. A return to a regular and thorough watering routine should lead to recovery.
If new growth is very light in colour or has mottled markings your lime plant may be lacking trace elements. A good dose of citrus feed should soon green up the leaves. Our lime trees are grown in a pesticide free environment. In the unlikely event that you find pests, e.g aphids, these can be removed by hand or with a soap and water spray.
For more detailed information on citrus tree care, watering and problem solving visit http://plants4presents.co.uk/Citrus.aspx.
Like most limes, the Tahiti lime is best picked when the fruits have fully ripened through green to yellow. This means they are fleshier and juicier than the green half ripe fruits you buy in the supermarket.