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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Requirements for 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:
Spring / Autumn
Pests and diseases:
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?
Shrub 0.7-2m (28-80 inches) / 4-10 m (12-30 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 / containers:
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:
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)
When to trim the leaves?
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