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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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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
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
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
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
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
Finger lime tree
Like the tree - bush. Rather expensive. Hope the new growth keeps going during the summer.
July 26, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
5
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
2 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
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



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



Step 1: Dig Your Hole


Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Australian Finger Lime Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant


Next, separate the roots of your Australian Finger Lime Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole


As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Australian Finger Lime Tree again after the transplant is complete.


Questions & Answers

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Someone gave me a couple of these lime and they were great.
Howard H on Sep 12, 2017
Unique fruit
John R on Jul 10, 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
Can't afford Caviar!
Zareh Z on Jul 18, 2017
Unusual and interesting!
Pedro C on May 29, 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.
Which cultivars is this citrus australasica? Is it seedless?
Sunshine2# on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes and it is seedless!
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.

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