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Australian Finger Lime Tree

Citrus australasica

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)



Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
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8-11 outdoors

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Mature Height:

6-8 ft.

Mature Width:

4-5 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

6-16 ft.

Growth Rate:

Slow

Harvest Time:

May-June

Fruit Color:

Green, Red

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Citrus australasica

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, CA, FL, LA, TX



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Finger Lime Points to Satisfaction

Here's why the choice is Crystal Clear:

  • Compact, bush-like tree works well in a variety of locations
  • Highly productive, vigorous grower
  • Delicious fruit with flavorful crystals
  • Tolerates a wide range of climate conditions

No Green Thumb Necessary for the Finger Lime

A rare gourmet lime that hails from Australia, the Finger Lime is a unique citrus specimen that produces tons of incredible fruit. Small, deep green leaves cover the tree, surrounded by cucumber-shaped fruit that hang in large numbers. The long, slender limes are unlike any you've ever seen. Slice one open and watch the pulp flow out from the rugged skin that protects it. Like small, spherical crystals, the tender vesicles inside are plump, juicy and filled with citrusy goodness. The tough climate conditions of the Australian coastal regions where Finger Limes were first grown make it suitable for a diversity of planting locations with little care or maintenance. It will even tolerate cooler weather down to a brief frost. Its compact, almost hedge-like stature make it an excellent candidate for tight spots in the garden or throughout the landscape.

The Caviar of Fruit

There's a reason the Finger Lime is gaining in popularity among the restaurant trade. Experienced chefs recognize the versatility and incredible flavor these limes add to a variety of dishes. Nicknamed 'the Caviar of Fruit', the tart, juicy beads contained within the Finger Lime have an uncanny resemblance to the world's most famous delicacy, except this caviar is bursting with unrivaled citrus taste. That mouth-popping experience works wonders for salads, desserts and just about anything your curious culinary mind can conjure up. Feast your eyes on the crystals, and your palette on some unforgettable Finger Lime dishes.

Whether it's Finger Lime Ice Cream, Oysters with Lime Caviar, or even a Finger Lime Gin Fizz, if you're a citrus fan, the Finger Lime tree will point you in the right direction. Order yours today.





Australian Finger Lime Tree Pollination

Australian Finger Lime Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Australian Finger Lime Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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I bought the FLT about 2 months ago. I live in Fayetteville, NC (zone 8) . It's an expensive little thing. It's not shipped from South Carolina though. It's imported from California. Which make me wonder if we can grow it here in NC.

It had two finger limes on it when it arrived and now it has 5 of them. However, it is a VERY slow growing tree. I don't want to take a risk of planting it in the ground. It's sitting on my porch for the summer and I'll bring it inside for winter.

Over all I'm impressed so far. We will see......
For more updates my Facebook page name is: Staci Renee Hoskins Cagle
New growth....
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Two new finger limes after arrival
The two original Finger limes upon arrival.
Two months after delivery of the finger lime tree. Today's date: August 2016.
August 24, 2016
Fayetteville , NC
Growing Zone:
8
Fruit starting the first week after receiving
Packed extremely well. Planted in a 6 Gallon pot on my enclosed patio and it seems to be thriving well. Already have 2 small limes on my tree after the first week. The tree is only a little over a foot tall so I don't expect them to grow very large but amazed at fruit production already
April 9, 2016
Saint louis
Growing Zone:
6
Finger limes
This is my first season with the tree. It is responding well. It seems to be a slow grower but I knew it before I purchased it. Overall I am pleased with the products. I have trees from competitors I had to 50 percent success rate. So far everything I have purchased they Fast Growing trees is thriving.
May 6, 2016
Grand Cane , LA
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
8
Finger lime tree
Like the tree - bush. Rather expensive. Hope the new growth keeps going during the summer.
July 26, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
5
Happy So Far
This thorny bush is tough. I planted it in June in Florida during a record month for rainfall. So it was exposed to mid-90s temperatures and constantly wet feet while undergoing transplant shock. It not only survived; it thrived. There was no leaf drop and within a couple weeks it was already producing new growth. Out of curiosity, I added some hot chicken manure. It then grew even faster with no signs of root burn. They say cockroaches are the only thing that will survive a nuclear blast. I'm confident this bush would too. I'm looking forward to the lime caviar it will provide.
August 19, 2017
Growing Zone:
9
disease resistance
I got the tree last year and it is about eight feet tall now. It had a few flowers in May so I might get a fruit or two but I think I will have to wait til next year.

The tree is not attractive...more like a thorn bush than a citrus tree, and the flowers are tiny.

However, it is one of the very few citrus trees I've been able to grow in Tampa. Most varieties get a bacterial disease, the "yellows", which makes them unsightly and greatly reduces fruit production. This tree is clearly quite resistant. If it weren't I would know by now.
June 17, 2017
Growing Zone:
9
The tress look good and healthy I was impressed with the condition upon arrival. I would like to know if you have any information about care. I have planted them into large pots with a soil mixture for citrus. Should I be giving any additional care? Water habits, fertilizer, trimming etc.
August 16, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Cute Little Tree
It hasn't made much progress in growth yet as of 8/7, but arrived in great shape on 7/20. I'm still hopeful. I've put it in my sunniest southwest window with a UV light as a booster since a lot of summers in Oregon we get more fog than sun in the A.M. in the Coast range. We also have huge hemlocks and Doug firs shading the house for part of the day, but do get P.M. sun for a few hours. This summer is a drought summer. No rain for 50 days. We also have elk, deer and raccoons which is why I didn't rush out to plant it outdoors. I'm keeping an eye on its water needs with a soil H2O tester and added slow release fertilizer pellets. Time will tell.
August 7, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Australian Finger Lime Tree


Australian Finger Lime Tree Planting Diretions

The Australian Finger Lime Tree (Citrus australasica) is a small, bush-like citrus tree reaching a mature height of 6-8 feet and width of 4-5 feet. Like with all citrus trees, this lime tree does best in warmer climates, zones 8-11, but can be potted and brought indoors during the winter months if your zone is too cold. The small, dark green leaves are accompanied by a large number of cucumber shaped fruit that are typically green in color but can also range in color from red to purple and almost black. Cut one open and the packed caviar like crystals that are packed with tangy juice, spill out. They can be used to pep up drinks, as a garnish, and are even used in deserts and marmalades. Be sure to allow the fruit to fully ripen on the tree as they do not further ripen once picked and will have a bitter taste.

Selecting a location: Choose a location where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. They can tolerate some shade, but thrive in full sun. You’ll want to ensure trees are spaced 8-10 feet apart if planting more than one. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity so you may also need to create humidity for your tree by misting the leaves daily with water. Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity but placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant will feed humidity to the tree as the water evaporates.

Planting Directions (in Ground): If you are located in zones 8-11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your lime will do well being planting outside in the ground. Be sure the area has well draining soil.

1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root system.
2) Place the tree in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-drained, acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you backfill the hole to cut back on any pockets from forming.
4) After planting, be sure to give your lime tree a deep watering for about 5 minutes. Mulching around the tree will help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm in the colder winter months as well.

Planting Instructions (potted): If your winter temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees, plant your tree in a container that can easily be brought outside in the summer months and inside in the winter. A planter with built-in casters is a good choice so it can easily be moved. Choose a pot slightly larger than what it was shipped in that has plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil preferably recommended for acid loving citrus plants.

1) Fill your pot halfway with soil. Remove the tree from its original pot and gently place it in the potting soil.
2) Fill in around the tree with the remainder of the potting soil but be sure not to cover the grafted area of the tree. Leave about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
3) Lightly pack down the soil. Immediately after planting, give your tree a deep watering until it flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
4) Place your tree in an area of your home, preferably a south-facing window, where it is going to get plenty of sunlight. Supplement with a grow light if it will not receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. You may also need to create humidity for your tree by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles or misting the leaves daily with water.

Watering: Limes do not like wet feet. Be sure to give your tree a deep watering so that it can penetrate into the root system. After watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Yellowing and droopy leaves is a common sign of over watering while brown, dry leaves are a sign of under watering. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds.

For potted limes, stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When ready to water, stop once you see it escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.

Pollination assistance: You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand since most people do not keep a healthy bee population within their home. Simply take a small, dry, fine tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. Do this once daily and don’t wash the paintbrush until after the blooms have been pollinated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit will begin to form.

Fertilization: Feed your lime tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus specific fertilizer once every six weeks. Espoma Citrus Tone is highly recommended but any organic fertilizer specifically for citrus should suffice. This will help keep your tree on a healthy growth cycle but also replenish the nutrients in the soil. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2-3 months. Once the tree has matured a bit and has got a few years on it, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted lime trees as well. Make sure to follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.

Pruning: Pruning can be done at any time of the year for in ground planted limes except in the winter. Make 45-degree angle cuts to remove dead or crossing limbs and also to thin out the tree to allow more light to flow between the branches. “Leggy” looking branches may indicate that there is not enough light getting to the tree’s interior. After the tree fruits, remove any dead wood and ventilate the center of the tree. Remove suckers as they form/grow from the base as they will steal away nutrients from the primary trunk of the tree. Pruning can be done at any time of the year for the potted lime.

Planting & Care

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It is an interesting variety of near lime.
Lynn T on Mar 18, 2018
IF YOU CAN PLEASE CHANGE THE ORDER TO 2 SO YOU CAN DROP THE SHIPPING CHARGE. THANKS DEAN DOLAN
DEAN D on Nov 30, 2017
It is an interesting variety of near lime.
Lynn T on Mar 18, 2018
I don't have this type of lime tree in my garden
Jenny H on Mar 5, 2018
IF YOU CAN PLEASE CHANGE THE ORDER TO 2 SO YOU CAN DROP THE SHIPPING CHARGE. THANKS DEAN DOLAN
DEAN D on Nov 30, 2017
Looks interesting, so why not try something new
Belia D on Nov 25, 2017
interesting fruit
Vilma K on Nov 19, 2017
What an exciting new citrus, can’t wait for it to catch fire in central California....hoping to start a local trend!
Tiffany M on Nov 17, 2017
never heard of it. saw article in sunset magazine. want to see what fruit tastes like
kirk h on Nov 16, 2017
I love to cook with this and use it in salads or other gourmet recipes!!!
Johane B on Oct 7, 2017
Someone gave me a couple of these lime and they were great.
Howard H on Sep 12, 2017
Can't afford Caviar!
Zareh Z on Jul 18, 2017
Unique fruit
John R on Jul 10, 2017
Unusual and interesting!
Pedro C on May 29, 2017
Like a little lime juice
Mark G on May 25, 2017
something different
Joseph Lee M on Jul 13, 2016
interesting applications
james s on Jun 18, 2016
It looks unique and meaty. We are looking forward to getting some finger limes this year. Pick the fruit as desired, which will minimize the probability of spoiled fruit in the refrigerator. Keeping our fingers (pun intended) crossed.
Dennis F on Feb 4, 2016
Very unique plant. Has already more than doubled in size and is starting to bloom. Look forward to the unusual fruit.
Marjorie H R on Sep 6, 2015
Sounds delicious.
Angela C on Aug 22, 2015
I don't have this type of lime tree in my garden
Jenny H on Mar 5, 2018
Looks interesting, so why not try something new
Belia D on Nov 25, 2017
hi, is it possible to keep finger lime tree at home(indoor)?
anishik on Dec 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can have it as an indoor plant.
how old and how big is it for 55.00 dollars?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 1 gallon plant looks fairly young, and is about 12"-18" tall and around a quarter inch in diameter.
is this tree self pollinator?
Ericka on Oct 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, finger lime trees are self-fertile.
do you send overseas?
chang on Oct 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we only ship inside the United States.
can you grow it indoors?
shaunae i on Feb 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can grow them indoors.
Is this plant allowed in Louisiana?
Ron B on Mar 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We are unable to ship this to LA due to state agricultural restrictions.
hi do you ship to canada?
jean c on Sep 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Unfortualey we only ship inside the United States.
My finger lime tree never gives me limes and dies and come back in summer?
Skylark A on Apr 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Our finger lime started giving us limes about 18 months after we bought it. We bring it inside in the winter (once it gets into the 40s) and put it back outside in the spring.
Where do I find growing instructions if i choose to keep indoors?
emma m on Nov 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have a website www.plantingdirections.com. Just scroll down to Citrus Trees and it will let you know how to take care of a container grown citrus tree in the house.
Do I need to purchase more than 1 for it to fruit?
Becky D on Aug 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The citrus fruits will fruit on their own, although having more fruit trees help in producing more fruit since there is more likelihood they will get fertilized. Mine has not blossomed yet, but is growing like crazy and I expect some fruit in the Winter or early new year. (I'm in Los Angeles).
I live in the middle of the Anza Borrego Desert. It gets quite hot in the summer - so far this year we've gotten up to 124. Will the finger lime survive that kind of heat?
Margaret L on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live on the central coast of California and is generally no higher than 75 to 85 degrees F. My two trees (bushes really) are doing okay here but they would do better if they were planted in full sun. I do not know how they would do in your hot area but will do better if not planted in the full sun and protected from wind. Keep the soil moist.
Would you recommend this plant for Albuquerque, NM? I live at 87109 zip code, if that makes it any easier to make a more detailed recommendation.
Hope B on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This would work as a patio plant in Albuquerque. The winters get too cold to leave it outside.
I’m a little confused by the product detail about where it ships to. Are you only shipping TO California and Louisiana? Or everywhere BUT there in the lower 48 states?
Steff on Apr 22, 2018

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