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Kaffir lime

Makrut or Kaffir Lime

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The exotic Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix) is renowned for its glossy evergreen leaves which add the unique lime flavour to Thai Green Curries. Sometimes also known as Makrut, these young kaffir plants are perfect for a sunny kitchen windowsill.
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The younger sibling of our large Makrut limes, these are a great way to start your citrus collection. Slender stemmed as pictured, they will grow on and produce loads of leaves in years to come making them a wonderful gift for a keen cook.
55cm high including 2L pot
1 x Kaffir Lime   + £0.00
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5 Stars 4.9/ 5 15 reviews
Maureen Ross, 29 days ago
5 stars

I personally haven’t seen the plant, but my daughter who is a keen gardener assured me it is lovely, healthy and well worth the money. Thank you again

Kerry, Mar 21
5 stars

Beautiful gift and handwritten card!

Mrs Menapace, Sep 13
5 stars

Good product and service.

customer, Aug 24
5 stars

Interesting foliage, different from other plants we have. Curious to see whether we get any fruit from it!

Don, Aug 09
5 stars

Excellent tree delivered. Larger than expected. Foliage in tip top condition. Half a dozen large semi-ripe lemons firmly attached. Wonderful gift ????

Peter, Aug 02
5 stars

Great plant, well packed, my daughter was very pleased with her present when it arrived as scheduled.

Andreea, Jul 26
5 stars

Plant looking great!

customer, Jul 25
5 stars

Recommend,brilliant service

Rhona Sutherland, Jul 16
5 stars

It looks good so far

Claire Friedli, Jul 06
5 stars

Beautiful, healthy plant with glossy green leaves.

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Care Instrictions

These instructions are sent with the plant gift

This evergreen bush (Citrus hystrix) is grown for the wonderful flavoured leaves. It will live happily inside or in a conservatory in the winter and in the summer can make a striking patio plant. However, it is not frost hardy.

Like all citrus trees these Kaffir Lime needs lots of direct sunlight and a stable environment so choose a spot that gets the most daylight throughout the day. As soon as the temperatures are above 5 degrees Celsius consistently, put the tree outside so it can get direct sunlight all day long. A cool bright room through winter is best, protected from heating and cold draughts.

As they need to stay in small pots it will need regular watering and feeding. With citrus, it is also best to wait until the top of the soil has dried before watering. Water the soil not the leaves to avoid scorch and allow any excess water to drain away. Your Makrut lime should never be allowed to sit in water and the top of the soil should be allowed to dry out between watering. Don’t get caught out with the change of seasons, you may need to water every day through the hottest summer days, and as little as once every 2-3 weeks in the coldest darkest days of the year.

Young plants are grown for their leaves, but mature plants can produce wonderful rough-skinned limes which are also used in Oriental cooking. Plants can be re-potted in the spring or summer if they are starting to out grow their existing pots– a citrus compost is best as it needs acid soil. Over time you may wish to prune this bush in the winter to keep a compact shape.

The kaffir lime leaves are a very popular spice in Thailand; their characteristic flavour appears in soups, stir-fries or curries. In Thai cuisine, kaffir lime is frequently combined with garlic, galangal, ginger and fingerroot, together with liberal amount of chillies. Try them finely chopped in stir-fries or use them like bay leaves and remove before serving in Thai curries.

Problem solving

Sudden changes in environment, under or over watering can all cause leaf drop however with a return to regular watering and a stable temperature they will usually recover well.

The glossy leaves of the Kaffir lime can pick up dust marks, if your plant develops dark grey marks over time they are likely to be dust or water marks which can easily be rubbed off with a clean cloth.

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