Finger Lime tree growing as shrub or small tree of the genus citrus also known as Lime caviar or Australian finger lime, is a type of Lime. Finger Lime tree perennial evergreen plant, grow for the edible fruits and also as ornamental plant, can grow in subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing hardiness zone 10+ and in hardiness zone 9b with the overwinter care.
Buds white with purple and the flowers are white with yellow/green stamen.
Finger Lime fruit
Fruit are oval in size ~3-10 cm, inside the fruit there is pulp (small round cells covered with a thinner layer). The cells can appear in a variety of colors: yellow, write, red, green, it can be sweet / sour or something in between. Rind appears in green, red, brown, orange, black, skin color is not indicative of the color of the inside spheres, The rind is edible used as spices for flavor and fragrant
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How to grow Finger Lime tree growing conditions and care:
Frost free, design because of the thorns easy to pick the fruits
What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Cutting / Air layer
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No but to graft ensure the quality and the color of the fruits, possible to graft more than one color on the same tree
Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Spring to summer in hardiness growing zone 9b-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b, all the year in hardiness zone 11+, better not to plant it in the hot summer days
Pests and diseases:
Gall wasp, Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis
All the year
How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, too much growth density
Size of the plant?
1.5-6 m, 5-20 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Irrigation water management requirement:
When the tree is young average amount of water after when the tree is fully grown small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow indoor?
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to choose the desirable container if it’s small plant it directly if it’s a big container bigger than 100% than the root ball consider start to grow with small container, better to switch the soil once in few years, when start to grow check that the graft of the tree not too much high and choose plant that can grow as dwarf tree or to grow it as bonsai.
When does flowers bloom?
Spring to summer
General information about the flower
White flower with yellow stamen
Pollination is done by:
In the first years should thinning the flowers
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Autumn to winter, the fruits will hold on the tree until the end of the spring but need to check that they don’t become dry or rotten
Pests or diseases in Finger Lime fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, alternaria
What can be done with big quantities of Finger Lime fruit?
Eat, juice alcohol, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind
Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut branches that grow into the fruit)
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house (or even to use them)
How to eat finger limes:
Taste of the fruits it’s like lemon or lime so can be used in the same way, possible to eat it by peeling the peel and also possible to cut it in the middle and taking all with teaspoon, the fruit like little bubble and it’s pleasant to eat.
Growing finger limes from seed
Moist soil, hot weather and better in sunny location
Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, dark location in room temperature
Spring to early summer (possible in the autumn)
Better in separate pots
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Don’t let it dry, rich soil and sunny location
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
If there is Citrus leaf miner in one of the trees in the area better to put it in greenhouse or indoor
Alternative names: Australian finger lime, Caviar lime tree