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Key Lime Tree

Key Lime Tree
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Product Details

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

(hardy down to 20℉) 
    
      4-11 patio
    
     / 
    
      8-11 outdoors
    
   Map 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
Mature Height:
8 ft. pruned
Mature Width:
6-8 ft.
Sunlight:
Full-Partial
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Harvest Time:
August and December
Year to Bear:
Fruits 1st Year!
Botanical Name:
Citrus aurantifolia
Does Not Ship To:
AZ, CA, FL, LA, TX

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Product Description

Enjoy a lifetime of Limes!

Now you can have the fresh, sweet scent of the Florida Keys right in your own garden with our Key Lime Tree. Packed with delicious, deep green fruit, this high quality tree will yield baskets of incredible limes either in your garden, potted on your deck or patio-even in your favorite room inside your home. All it takes is a sunny spot in just about any location and get ready to enjoy the unmatched flavor that only the Key Lime can deliver. Want the best of both worlds? Place your Key Lime tree in a decorative container and bring it indoors when the weather turns cold. There's no better way to enjoy its natural, tropical aroma. Set it in your favorite room and you'll have authentic Key Limes within arm's reach and a short walk to the kitchen where you can bake unforgettable, homemade Key Lime Pies.

Just a few reasons you should 'Go Green' with Key Lime

- Its small size makes it portable and versatile enough to plant and grow fruit just about anywhere
- Not only looks great but the lovely flowers will deliver a wonderful scent that will freshen your home during winter months. It's a natural air freshener that will last the whole season through!
- You'll enjoy a high yield of fresh, juicy fruit dripping with the tart flavor only authentic Key Limes can deliver.
- Naturally resistant to pests and diseases so you can grow your Key Limes organically.
- A hardy tree that adapts to most soils and is virtually maintenance and trouble free

Flowers, Fruit and Fragrance-A Winning Combination
Soon after you plant your Key Lime tree, small, white flowers will begin to emerge. The delicate and aromatic blooms will give way to clusters of lime-green fruit that will cover your tree. The more sun your Key Lime tree soaks up, the healthier the crop you can expect, typically as much as 50 pounds or more of Key Limes every year. It's like brining a slice of the Florida Keys right into your own yard. Why not make this rare tropical treasure part of your garden design?

One Taste Says it All
When it comes to taste, the Key Lime is unlike any other lime in the world. Native to the tiny string of islands off the southern tip of eastern Florida, the Key Lime offers a refreshing blend of tartness and sweetness that is all its own. It's unique and incredibly fresh flavor lends itself well to cooking a diversity of culinary specialties including Coconut Crusted Mahi with Key Lime juice, Grilled Salmon with Key Lime Butter and other savory dishes only limited by your imagination. Follow that with homemade Key Lime Pie to sample the perfect blend of sweetness and tanginess like no other dessert on earth. Key Limes are also a great way to spruce up traditional cocktails and for making homemade Key Lime Barbeque sauce. With Key Limes, the possibilities are endless.

A Lime for all Seasons
As if the Key Lime tree didn't have enough great attributes, here's one more: they are self-pollinating and will reliably bear tons of fruit season after season. If you're growing your tree indoors, the pollination process will require an additional step: removing one flower and gently wiping it over the others. That's it! When the fruit starts to grow you'll notice a steady production run that peaks when summer begins and fall ends. After about 4 months, your lime's flavor will be prime for picking. A pale green color is usually your key that they're ready to enjoy. You can even store them in plastic containers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Grow Organic Limes
Naturally resistant to pests and diseases that most other citrus plants struggle with, our Key Lime trees make excellent additions to any organic garden, making them the perfect fit for the most discerning organic gardener. Just use a quality organic soil with the recommended fertilizer mixture to grow great tasting, healthy fruit the whole family will enjoy.

Don't Delay-Plant your Key Lime Tree Today
Now that you know all the benefits that Key Lime trees have to offer, why put off until tomorrow what you can plant today? If your planting area is thawed and provides sufficient sunlight, you can plant your Key Lime Tree year round. Even if the ground is frozen get things started in a container indoors then move the tree outside once the ground is ready for planting.

Pollination Info

Key Lime Tree Pollination

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

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04/17/2019
Frank G.
United States

Full size Key lime trees

I am an avid botinast and plant enthusiast, so I learned to expect nothing much from mail ordering plants. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical from the reviews I read, but I was utterly surprised and grateful when the trees came. Full size, full growth habit, and some immature fruit too. I have no idea how they grow such big trees in a little pot, but I am pleased. Very nice! The only suggestion is to give them a bit more iron because some of the leaves yellowed due to the deficiency. Otherwise, LOVE them.

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04/01/2019
Ann D.
United States

Still waiting??

Have not received my replacement lime and lemon trees. The original ones arrived dead. I called your customer service and spoke to Shan. He asked me to email a picture of the trees, which I did. I have not heard any back from your company.

04/01/2019
Fast-Growing-Trees.com

We're so sorry that we never received those photos! We're going to reach out to you privately and work with you to get the photos so we can get your replacement trees out. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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10/09/2018
Barry Stevens

Recommended!

Tree arrived with no damage. This tree is definitely healthy but still in shock. Hasn't dropped leaves but is holding its own. I'm excited for the future of this tree.I would definitely recommend this tree.

JP
09/05/2018
jana perry

I received a crooked twig with a few leaves on top!!

I was surprised when I opened the box an saw a stick with just a few leaves. I really hope that this plant does well. Time will tell. All of the other plants I've ordered in the past were healthy and robust. I feel as though I've paid way too much for the twig that I've received.

BD
08/02/2018
Bruce Dillingham

Nice Plant

Received it in good condition and healthy. Transplanted it to a larger pot. Still waiting for new growth. Looking forward to blooms and finally some limes.


Planting & Care

The Key lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia) makes an excellent houseplant, patio, or even landscape tree depending on what climate you’re located. Key limes do well outdoors in USDA growing zones 8-11. They can be planted in a full sun spot but if you’re in zones 10-11, offer the plant some afternoon shade to protect it from extreme heat. If you’re in zone 8, keep the plant in full sun. If your plant is containerized, keep it in full sun (8+ hours) during the spring and summer while it is outside. Supplement with a grow light while inside so that the plant gets the necessary 6-8 hours of bright, direct light. Reaching a mature height of 6-10 feet tall by 6-8 feet wide, they will grow at a rate of about 12-18 inches per year if in the ground. They will grow slightly slower if containerized as the roots do not have the same amount of room to grow, which will decrease the growth rate.

Selecting a location: Choose a spot where your tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. They can tolerate some shade in hotter zones, but thrive in full sun. 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 Directions (in Ground): If you are located in zones 8-11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your Key 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-draining, 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 back fill the hole to cut back on any pockets from forming.
4) After planting, be sure to give your Key Lime tree a deep watering until the ground is wet but not saturated. 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 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 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 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 for in ground planted key lime trees, 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 Key Lime.


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