Organic Gardening: How to Grow and Care Lime Trees

Lime fruit has enjoyed a boost in popularity in the U.S. in the past few decades. This has prompted many home gardeners to plant a lime tree of their own. Whether you live in an area where lime trees can grow outdoors year round or if you must grow your lime tree in a container, growing lime trees can be rewarding and fun. In this article we will talk about how to plant a lime tree and go over some lime tree tips.

How to Plant a Lime Tree

Most of the people prefer to purchase a nursery-grown lime tree as compared to starting their own from seed. It makes sense because it doesn’t cost much, but save a lot of your precious time and hard work. So, I would recommend you to purchase a lime tree from your nearest nursery.

No matter, you opt to purchase it from the nursery or want to grow it on your own, steps are pretty same. While, you are deciding the place of your tree, just make sure that it get enough sunshine all the day. Try to place it somewhere it can get the southern sun (if possible).

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The second thing you need to ensure is that drainage is perfect. Drainage is the most important thing in growing a lime tree successfully. If there is any sort of drainage issue, your plant is not going to perform well and it can even die. Add some compost and amend the soil to improve the drainage. If you have decided to plant in the ground, the soil around the tree should be a little higher that the ground to avoid the water making a pool around the tree.

While refilling the soil, you need to make sure that the soil is firmly in place around the root ball. Lime tree is very sensitive in this case, if a pocket of air is created, it will not be able to survive. The best way to avoid the air pocket is to water after every few inched while you backfill.

Lime Tree Tips for Care

Care of lime trees is pretty straightforward after you know how to plant a lime tree. Some lime tree care tips include:

Water Consistently – Lime trees will drop their leaves if left dry for too long. This being said, too much watering will kill them as well. Best care of lime trees mean that you water consistently but not obsessively.

Fertilize Frequently – Lime trees are heavy feeders. They will quickly deplete the soil around them, in the ground or in a container. Be sure to fertilize every few months with compost or a nitrogen rich fertilizer.

Keep Them Warm – Lime trees cannot tolerate temperatures much under 50 degrees F. (10 C.). Keep the trees in a place where it doesn’t get colder than 50 degrees F. or they will die.

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