The Q&A Archives: Seedless Citrus LimeTrees

Question: I have just purchased one of your seedless lime trees at one of our local nurseries previously owned by Caleys of Murrell's Inlet in Sc. Once at home with the plant I realized the directions have been worn and discolored. Would it be possible to get new directions and all information regarding the replanting and care of this plant? This is my first experience with growing a seedless lime tree and I do want to be successful. I anticipate hearing from you. Thank you

Answer: Here is the info from the Web site.

Catalog Description
Heavy bearer of juicy, lemon-sized fruit in winter to early spring. Grows into a densely branched, full rounded crown. Excellent container plant for patio or indoors in cold areas. Evergreen. Full to partial sun. Moderate-growing to 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Cutting grown and grafted on Troyer Citrange rootstock.

Design Ideas

A large-sized container plant or for use as a small-size specimen tree in the lawn or on the sunny side of the house. In winter, its ripening fruit on evergreen branches is a lovely sight.

Care Instructions

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

And an excerpt from this Web site:

"Citrus aurantiifolia, Limes - Along with lemons, limes are the most commonly known acid citrus fruit. In general, limes are the most cold-sensitive citrus, with flower damage occur-ring at 30?-32? F. True limes, along with kumquats, have the highest heat requirement of all citrus; they also need high humidity and high night-time temperatures to produce a vibrant tree and quality fruit. There are two types of limes: 1) True Lime, Mexican, or Bartender's Lime, and 2) Bearss or Sweet Lime.

True limes are small shrubs (semi-dwarf, 6-8 feet; dwarf, 3-4 feet) that have a limited successful range which includes Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico. They will not grow and fruit in cool citrus areas-there they are a chlorotic, twiggy, often fruitless shrub that defoliates in cold weather.

The Bearss or Sweet Lime (sweet being a relative term-they are slightly less acidic than lemons) is a vigorous tree (semi-dwarf, 8-12 feet; dwarf, 6-8 feet) that performs handsomely in any area where lemons thrive. Like lemons, they have a low heat requirement to ripen fruit, are productive and almost constant cropping. The large fruit can be harvested green to light yellow. The juice content increases dramatically as color turns green to yellow but the acidity decreases to slightly less than that of a lemon.

On the downside, the fruit doesn't hang well on the tree at maturity and must be harvested frequently. This is a tree worth growing, with its pleasing round shape and dark green foliage con-trasting with the abundant yellow fruit-it is a presence in the landscape."

I hope this helps.

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