Growing Zones: Indoors
- Mature Height:
- 8 ft. pruned
- Mature Width:
- 1-2 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- August and December
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus aurantifolia
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, FL, LA, TX
A Rare Tropical Treasure that Wows
Flowers, fruit and delectable fragrance. The Key Lime Tree is one plush present, with a winning combination of features that are undeniably fresh and lush. And though it’s known for its tart, tasty fruit, white blooms that emerge after planting make it even more luxuriant.
Gifting a Key Lime Tree is like giving a little slice of the Florida Keys – is there anything better than the exotic, elegant vibes of this amazing little botanical? The more sun the Key Lime Tree takes in, the healthier the crop. It’s a rare tropical treasure that wows, especially since it arrives in a coordinating green ceramic pot, ideal for instantly lush looks. Plus, because we've put in the work and grown your Key Lime in its shipped container from day one, it's even more healthful.
And the gift of growth is perfect for the season. The Key Lime Tree is suited for decking the halls because it’s incredibly unique, refreshing and eye-catching, whether it’s flanking entryways or serving as a festive centerpiece.
Plus, the Key Lime’s good looks belie the amazing fruit production that awaits its recipient. From savory to sweet dishes and more, the Key Lime is a “key” ingredient. Redefine seasonal gifting for the holidays and beyond with the Key Lime Tree – order yours for friends and family today!
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Planting & Care
Selecting a location: Choose a spot where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. These trees also do better in areas with high humidity so you may need to create some 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 Instructions: 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 it’s 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: Key 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 overwatering 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 Key Lime, 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 of naturally and the fruit will begin to form.
Fertilization: Feed your Key Lime tree 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 Key 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. 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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|