Botanical name:  citrus aurantiifolia

Crown and root system:  This is an evergreen tree with a small rounded crown that can reach up to 3 meters in height, and a non-invasive root system.

Growing regions:  Most areas of the country except for areas with extreme climate conditions – hot or cold.

Ripening date:  During the fall.  The fruit of the lime tree has a green peel that turns yellowish in some sub-varieties when the fruit ripens late.  The fruit is seedless and has a fresh lemony fragrance.

Planting in a container:  May be planted in a container, in a place that is protected from winds and accessible to insects to promote pollination.

Recommended planting season:  All year round.

Special care:  We recommend using Confidor as a preventive treatment in early spring, according to manufacturer’s instructions (the compound can be bought in any agricultural supply store).

 Varieties sold in our nursery:
Persian lime
Caviar lime

Good to know:
Limes are a fundamental ingredient of Asian cooking.  In months where the tree does not bear fruit, it is customary to use the leaves of the tree, which also release a typically fragrant aroma:  Crush the leaves and add to the pot before cooking is completed.  In Africa, they use the thin branches of the tree as skewers for roasting meat and vegetables.

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