Lime tree

Lime tree

Planting Lime Tree

First, when growing lime trees, make sure that where your lime tree will be planted will receive plenty of sunshine, not subjected to overly strong winds. If at all possible, choose a location that gets southern sun. It is best to plant during spring
Dig a hole deeper and wider than the root-ball of the lime tree, adding some organic matter, and then the lime tree.  It is very important for the bud-union to be above the soil level to avoid any risk of disease.Spread a good layer of mulch (without touching the trunk), to help conserve moisture.

Second, make sure the drainage is excellent and also grass and weed free. If you pay attention to no other lime tree tips, you must pay attention to this one. Growing lime trees in soil that does not have excellent drainage will kill your lime tree. Amend the soil in improve drainage to make sure that your lime tree will never be exposed to standing water. If planting in the ground, make sure the soil around the tree is a little higher than the ground outside the planting hole to prevent pooling of water around the lime tree.

Third,when backfilling the hole or container, be sure to make sure that the soil is firmly in place around the root ball. If a pocket of air is created, the tree will die. Tamp the soil continually or water the soil every few inches while you backfill.

Growing and caring


It important to consider local weather when choosing a tree. Some limes are more sensitive to frost than others. The Tahiti lime or Persian lime is the most common lime found in American gardens. It is favored because it is better able to withstand the cold. The West Indian Lime needs more heat. In hot climates, the Mexican lime or key lime is common.

In areas that experience prolonged temperatures below freezing, a lime tree will need to be grown in a container and moved into a greenhouse or indoors for the winter. For short-term temperatures below freezing, a lime tree will need to be protected from the cold. You should cover the trees with old blankets or plastic or turn on the sprinklers a few hours before freezing weather is expected and keep them on until all danger of frost is past. The water will freeze on the tree, but it will insulate the leaves and fruit and protect them from damage.


When a newly planted lime tree shows signs of new growth, then is the perfect time to add a sprinkling of a complete fertilizer, marketed especially for citrus (usually high in nitrogen, with phosphorous and other nutrients).

Once established, consider the warmest months as "lime fertilizer" months. Jot them in your calendar or diary as reminders to complete this task on time.   Use the citrus fertilizer as recommended, during spring, summer and autumn/ fall.

Container grown limes may need to be fertilized more frequently, as the potting medium can potentially "leach" valuable nutrients.  Watch for any sign of yellowing leaves indicating a fertilizer deficiency.


Since lime trees grow with a quite dense and shallow root system, be sure to give thorough soakings throughout the growing season. Water consistently, Lime trees will drop their leaves if left dry for too long. This being said, too much watering will kill them as well. Best care of lime trees mean that you water consistently but not obsessively.


Excessive growth is best pruned out.  Remove any "un-necessary" branches inside the lime tree, and overly long branches that can't be reached without difficulty, from the outside.  A healthy, tidy tree, will not only look attractive in your garden, but also be more easily managed when fruit-picking time arrives.

Pest and Disease Prevention

A lime tree grown in the garden does not require a regular spray program. The best pest and disease prevention is to keep the tree healthy with adequate water and fertilizer. Be sure to choose a tree with resistant rootstock and plant it in a well drained area.

In hot desert climates, grow the lime tree outdoors in an area where it will receive shade during hottest part of day. Sunburn can damage the tree and make it vulnerable to pests and diseases. Avoid bumps and scrapes that can wound the tree trunk. A healthy tree grown is the best defense against disease and pests.


·  Fertilize Frequently – Lime trees are heavy feeders. They will quickly deplete the soil around them, in the ground or in a container. Be sure to fertilize every few months with compost or a nitrogen rich fertilizer.

·  Keep them warm – Lime trees can not tolerate temperatures much under 50F. Keep them in a place where it does not get colder than 50F or they will die.

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