Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Drought Tolerance:
- Harvest Time:
- August and December
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Citrus aurantifolia
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, FL, LA, TX
A Lifetime of Limes
The fresh, sweet scent of the Florida Keys, right in your own garden and now in a fresh silhouette – the Key Lime Bush is a luxuriant, delectable must-have.
And with the Key Lime Bush, it’s easy to go green. For starters, you’ll have fruit in one to two years. Care is low-maintenance, too, which means fruitful gains and vibrant hues, all without much hassle. It’s easier to move indoors during the winter than other varieties and holds more fruit at a younger age.
So, not only does the Key Lime look amazing and produce artful yet tasty little treats, but its lovely flowers also deliver a wonderful scent that will freshen your home during winter months. It’s a bountiful beauty that wows, month after month. And because it’s resistant to pests and diseases, you can grow your Key Limes organically.
It’s a pick for all seasons and all locales, especially since the Key Lime Bush is self-pollinating and will reliably bear tons of fruit season after season. If you're growing your bush indoors, simply remove one flower and gently wipe it over the others. After about four months, your lime's flavor will be prime for picking. A pale green color is usually your “key” that they're ready to enjoy.
Year-round luxe with lavish looks and flavor, easy as 1-2-3. Is there anything better? Order your Key Lime Bush today!
Key Lime Bush Pollination
Key Lime Bushs are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Key Lime Bush will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Planting & Care
An excellent selection for any area, indoors or out, the Key Lime Bush is a vivacious yet versatile selection. Limes do well outdoors in USDA growing zones 8 through 11. They can be planted in full sun, but if you’re in zones 10 through 11, offer the plant some afternoon shade for protection from extreme heat.
If you’re planting in a container, keep your Key Lime Bush in full sun (8+ hours) during the spring and summer while it’s outside. Supplement with a grow light while it’s indoors so that the plant gets the necessary 6 to 8 hours of bright, direct light.
Planting Directions (in ground): If you are located in zones 8 through 11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your Key Lime Bush will do well outside – simply ensure the soil is well-drained.
1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Place the bush in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-draining and acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it first with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you back fill and after planting, be sure to give your Key Lime Bush a deep watering until the ground is wet but not saturated. Mulching around the bush will additionally help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm.
Planting Instructions (in container): If your winter temperatures consistently fall below 40 degrees, plant your bush in a container to place outside in the summer months and inside during winter.
Choose a pot slightly larger than your Key Lime Bush’s shipped container, with plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil recommended for acid-loving citrus plants.
1) Fill your pot halfway with soil, remove the bush from its original pot and gently place it in the potting soil.
2) Fill in around the bush with the remainder of the soil, leaving about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
3) Lightly tamp down the soil, and give the Key Lime Bush a deep watering until water flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
4) Place your bush in a well-lit area of your home, preferably a South-facing window.
Supplement with a grow light if your Key Lime Bush does not receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. You may also need to create humidity for your plant by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles or misting the leaves daily.
Watering: Deep watering is best so that it can penetrate your plant’s root system. After watering, allow the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds as well.
For potted Key Lime Bushes, stick your index finger into the soil, down to about 2 inches. If it’s moist, hold off on watering. When you do water the plant, stop once you see water escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.
Fertilization: Feed your Key Lime Bush during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus-specific fertilizer, preferably once every six weeks. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2 to 3 months. Once the bush has matured a bit, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted Key Lime Bushes as well – ensure that you follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.
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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!|