One Australian Red Finger Lime Tree
Plants are budwood grafted on rough orange rootstock, staked and planted in citra-pots. ALL CITRUS IS GREENHOUSE GROWN. Please take care to acclimate your baby trees to their new environment. Protect from full sun and begin exposing trees to sun gradually. Water daily – even if you think you shouldn’t. If you are in a very hot area, please protect from sun until the plant is of a mature size.
I would rather not sell to people in desert-like or desert areas. If you buy a citrus tree, please be sure it can survive in your area.
Australian finger limes, also known as “Caviar Citrus” are an unusual variety of citrus and perhaps one of the most fascinating available today. The fruit is oblong juicy capsules bursting with intense, lemon-lime flavor. Unlike most fruit trees, finger limes begin to bear fruit in their second year of life.
Dwarf Citrus trees considered “Patio Citrus” size. Trees are not large like other citrus trees. Trees are grafted on hardy rootstock and suitable for growth in Zone 8 and higher.
Two-year-old plants are budwood grafted on rough orange rootstock, staked and planted in citra-pots. ALL CITRUS IS GREENHOUSE GROWN. Please take care to acclimate your baby trees to their new environment. Protect from full sun and begin exposing trees to sun gradually.
Because of recent postal rate increase, pots will be removed for shipping.
GROWING YOUR FINGER LIME TREES
Even if it starts out small, your tree will yield fruit in 1 to 2 years, depending on when you are able to plant it. Use well-draining soil to prevent your tree from growing root mold. Most often, a soil that contains sand will drain well. Finger limes can grow in a wide range of soil -the most important thing is to make sure it won’t be sitting in stagnant water.
Soil with a pH of 5-7 is recommended for finger limes. When you buy soil, the bag will indicate what the pH level is.
Plant your tree outdoors if you live in a warm climate. This tree does well in partial shade to direct sunlight.
Dig a hole in the ground deep enough for the roots of the tree. Place the tree in the hole and fill in the remaining area with additional soil. You want the tree to be able to stand on its own.
The finger lime tree makes a good hedge and the leaves will grow flat against a wall or lattice. Avoid windy locations when planting your tree. The tree has sharp thorns which easily puncture the skin of the finger lime. This is a cosmetic concern, as the fruit should still be usable; it will just be bruised and may leak juice, which can attract pests.
Pot your finger lime tree if you live in an area with cold winters. The finger lime can withstand light frost, it will freeze and die if left out in temperatures in the 30-40 ¬∞F range. Planting it in a pot will allow you to move it indoors when the weather gets cold.
Use a 5 US gal (19 L) pot for your finger lime tree. This will give it room to expand and grow roots.
Water the tree every 3-4 days. In summer, you may need to water daily. In the winter, you can water less.
Fertilize your tree from March to May to prepare it for growing season. Use compost, animal manure, or a bag of fertilizer from your local nursery. Fertilizing once per month from July to October to encourage adequate flowering. A quarter of the amount of fertilizer you would normally use for a citrus plant will be sufficient for the finger lime tree.
Pull ripe fruit off the tree from December to May. Finger limes are ripe when they fall easily from the branch. If you tug at a fruit and it resists coming off, leave it for another week before
You will notice small white or pale pink flowers in later summer and autumn. These will turn into your finger limes. Don’t pick them, or you will kill
off the future fruit.
Ripe fruits won’t fall off the tree, so you will need to pull them off the branches. The ripe fruits will range anywhere from 1-5 inches long. Size doesn’t necessarily indicate ripeness, so if your fruits aren’t growing very long, don’t worry!
Refrigerate the limes to use them within 3 weeks. Make sure they are dry before you put them in the refrigerator to reduce risk of rind damage. Freeze your finger lime fruits whole if you won’t be using them quickly.
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