Owning a lime tree or a Lemon Tree has several benefits, not only are you able to get a Lime at any time you would like, but your friends will be jealous of you and your beautiful center piece. In this article we will go over how to not only start your own Lime Tree in your living room but maintain and care for it also.
How to Plant Lime Tree Seeds
First of you will need a pot that has a base so you can keep indoors and will also hold water. We would recommend getting a 5-10 gallon pot . Then you will want 6-8″ of potting soil in the bottom of the pot. You will want to add a slow release fertilizer, such as Osmocote. We use Miracle Grow Potting Soil for our Potting Soil. You will need to soak the Lime seeds in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting to ensure a fast germination, once you have the seeds soaked for 2-3 hours you will want to plant them 2-4″ deep within the potting soil mix.
Now remember water is a primary importance to your lime tree seed and is gauged by the size of the tree and temperatures. Reduce water prior to winter to avoid the possibility of stimulation growth that may become damaged in cooler temperatures. Overwatering can become an issue, but just don’t let the tree dry out completely! Allow the upper inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Metal, ceramic, and plastic containers stay wet longer than wood or clay containers. Water the lime seeds gently until the entire surface of the soil feel damp. Continue to water the seeds whenever the top 1″ of soil feels Dry.
In the very best conditions, only 60 to 70% of flowers will “set” or start turning into fruits.
The plant has trouble coping with air that is too dry: it develops brown leaf edges. In this case, try to increase humidity in the air around it.
Finger lime fruit drop
It is important to place them in an unheated greenhouse for instance, where the temperature never drops below 32°F (0°C).
Australian finger lime trees are more or less vulnerable to the same diseases and parasites as all the other citrus plants.
Flowering, fruiting & harvesting finger lime
This special citrus evolved as a shrub in Australian rain forests (Queensland and New South Wales to be exact). Though part shade is the natural tropical habitat, in temperate climates full sun is needed or it won’t bear fruit well.