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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How to grow 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:

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?
3-6 m, 10-20 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 / Part shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?

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

Blooming information

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:

Edible Fruits

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)

Scientific name:

Citrus aurantiifolia

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