Key lime tree growing tree of the genus citrus, Key lime tree grow as perennial evergreen with thorns. It can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Flowers are white/purple with yellow stamen.
Key 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). The rind color: green sometime green-yellowish, the rind is edible but little bitter also used as flavor and fragrant.
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Requirements for Key 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 / vegetative
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No need to graft, possible to use cut
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?
3-6 m, 10-20 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:
Full Sun / Part shade
Is it possible to grow indoor?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
When does flowers bloom?
Most of the year
General information about the flower
White or purple flowers with yellow stamen
Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
The first two years should thinning the flowers,
Pollination is done by:
When does it yield:
Most of the year
Pests or diseases in Key lime fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, Alternaria
What can be done with big quantities of Key lime fruit?
Eat, juice alcohol, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind
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)