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Medium red lime in seagrass basket

Medium Red Lime

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This unusual citrus tree (Citrus × taitensis 'Otaheite' or Citrus otaitensis) is known by many names but probably most commonly it is known as the Rangpur lime. They are a fantastic variety that is particularly hardy and easy to care for. In some ways the lime name is misleading as the red-orange fruit actually taste very like mandarins. The bright fruits are very attractive though and can be used fresh from the tree or for their juice.
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The older sibling in our red lime family, the trees this week have a neat head of foliage and 2 or 3 very ripe orange fruit which are ready to eat on arrival. Good to know: When fruits are this ripe and heavy, it is not unusual for them to drop during transit. The good news is that the fruits can be eaten none the less, and it will trigger the trees to produce more flowers early next year. Not as bushy as pictured with ripe fruit, we'll update the photos soon.
40cm tall including 2L pot
1 x Medium Red Lime   + £0.00
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Del Fletcher, Sep 15
5 stars

A well grown healthy specimen with several fruit and flower buds.

Mrs Shaila Premchand, Apr 11
5 stars

Lovely citrus plant

Gavin Lawrence, Apr 07
5 stars

A nice little tree

Fiona, Mar 27
5 stars

This tree is lovely and arrived with a number of small limes. Can’t wait for them to grow

Sara B, Mar 21
5 stars

Good choice instead of the usual flowers

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Care Instrictions

These instructions are sent with the plant gift

This medium lime tree produces unusual red fruits and fragrant flowers. It can bring pleasure for months, or even years, with the right care.

Citrus trees need light and like to be near a window, skylight, or patio door. In summer your lime tree will enjoy a sheltered patio but needs 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.

Your plant will need watering whenever the top of the soil is dry. Remove the pot from inside its basket or container. Use 1L to 1.5L of water to ensure that it reaches all of the roots, and then allow the excess water to drain right through the pot and out of the bottom.

. In the winter you would expect to water thoroughly every 6 – 10 days, in the summer months you may need to water up to 4 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.

In the summer, citrus trees will benefit from citrus feed every other time you water, and during the winter months about every 2 weeks to give it the energy it needs grow and produce flowers.

If you need to repot your plant, do so in the spring in citrus compost. As a general rule, fruit buds should start to appear in early May and develop slowly into large and juicy orangey-red coloured limes great for cooking or for slicing into cold drinks.

Problem solving

The most common problem is leaves dropping due to over or under watering. If the leaves drop rapidly and turn crisp before they drop it is likely to be underwatering, if however, they are soft and go a dark grey brown colour before dropping you plant may need less water and/or a less damp spot. A return to regular watering routine should help your plant recover but it severe cases it may be necessary to cut off any dead growth and be patient while it recovers. If the leaf edges turn brown this is a sign of scorching so move your plant back from the window or move it out of direct sunlight.

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.

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