How to grow Finger Lime

Finger Lime tree growing as shrub or small tree of the genus citrus also known as Lime caviar, is a type of Lime. Finger Lime tree grows as perennial evergreen with thorns used also as ornamental plant. It can grow in subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+,

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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Requirements for Finger Lime tree growing and care:

Frost free, design because of the thorns easy to pick the fruits

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, necessary

Difficulties/Problems with growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
Gall wasp, Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis

Pruning season:
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:
Medium growing

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:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?

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:

Edible Fruits

When does it yield:

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?
2-3 years

Ripening of fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house (or even to use them)

Scientific name:

Citrus australasica

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone