The Q&A Archives: Non-producing Citrus Tree

Question: I have either a lime or key-lime tree (I did not plant) appx 10 ft. tall, healty leaves with thorns, but will not produce fruit. What can I do and why is this tree non-bearing of fruit? I live in S.E. Georgia.

Answer: If your tree does not flower, it will not produce fruit. If it was grown from seed, it may never produce fruit; if it was damaged in its youth, what may be growing is the rootstock, which is citrus, but not a cultivated kind and it, too may never produce fruit. Watch your tree for signs of flowering. If it bears none, you may want to just consider it an ornamental rather than a fruit bearing tree.

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