Kaffir lime tree growing tree or shrub of the genus citrus type of Lime also known as Makrut Lime,. Kaffir lime tree grow as perennial evergreen with thorns, it can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate 10+.

Leaves are edible, the leaf grow as two leaves contacted to one.

Flowers are white with yellow stamen.

Kaffir lime fruit

Fruit size ~3-5 cm’ and color is green, yellow with sour taste. The inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with soft thin layer, it containing the pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer). Rind color green with bumps and the rind is edible little bitter, also used as flavor and fragrant.

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How to grow Kaffir 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?
Possible to graft

Difficulties/Problems with growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
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?
Shrub 0.7-2m (28-80 inches) / 4-10 m (12-30 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?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
White flowers with yellow stamen

Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
Two first years should thinning the flowers,

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

When does it yield:
Autumn / Winter

Pests or diseases in Kaffir lime fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria

What can be done with big quantities of Kaffir lime fruit?
Eat, juice, alcohol, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind, spread

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut brunches 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)

Edible leaves

When to trim the leaves?
All year

How to trim the leaves?
Recommend not to take from fruit area, for fresh leaves young

Information about leaves:
Oval leaf connected to smaller oval leaf

Uses of Kaffir lime tree leaves:
Cuisine, cooked, spread, dry or fresh

Scientific name:

Citrus hystrix

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