Aussie finger lime


that is so encouraging, thanks so much! Was actually impressed by it fruiting right away and being able to withstand the oven-dry summers here, so now eagerly curious how it will fare in a few nights of 15F.

while we enjoy our mondins and quats, another cold-hardy and low-maintenance citrus would be most welcome :slight_smile:


What kind of soil mixture are you using for this one? Thanks

Just got mine from OGW, and transferred it to a self watering container. It looks like the whole mixture is bark, not sure what kind.


good luck with yours. Yours seem to be bigger and healthier than the specimen we received. Also, we received ours with the same loose bark compost that felt like it was bare-root , so replanted it in a bigger pot with just regular potting soil(no miracle-gro or any amendments, as was afraid fertilizing it may backfire).

it didn’t grow much this summer, but at least held on to the fruitlets.


Yes, their shipments can be regarded as bareroot. Check the instructions that come with the plants.

Although “australian finger lime” is in the Citrus Family (Rutaceae), it is not a “citrus” in the sense of Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, and Pomelos. Here is the NPGS record for the species:
Microcitrus australasica


It’s smaller than it looked in the first picture. The other branches that you saw belonged to another plant.


i see now. I’d say it was about the same size when received it. You should expect it to start flowering next spring. I had it under full sun last spring, until the temps approached 100’s, when the foliage started getting bleachy. It didn’t seem to mind growing under filtered/reflected light. It is supposedly an undergrowth-type of citrus in aussie forests.


It’s no more a citrus than apple is a pear.




dropped many of its leaves after some freezing episodes. Good news is that the stems and many leaves haven’t gotten mushy. Still has a brisk feel to it, even when thawed…:grin:

Any other Citrus fanatics here?

Hello, new here but just had to comment on the color of the flowers. I have one of these in a 10 inch pot which seems to be pretty happy as it is around 3ft tall. The thing is that what I was told it is a Tasty Green variety of finger lime. The flowers however which it decided to bloom shortly after I had potted it were white on my tree, not pink.


welcome to growingfruit, and thanks for the input! Am sure many here would like to see your green variety. If you look at the fruits of mine, they turn somewhat brown when mature, so having a differently colored variety in usa is good news.
feel free to post some pictures.
i have seen pink-fruited ones, but only from growers in australia.


Mine has been in its pot for about a year now so no fruit as of yet, I will attempt to take a pic at a later time but the tree itself looks almost identical to the ones posted in the thread. Perhaps the only difference is that mine has thorns but I just look at that as a plus to keep hands and paws away from it.


good luck with yours and keep us posted :slight_smile:


survived several sub-freezing temps, and though it lost all its foliage in the ordeal, it seems to be bouncing back with that purple blossom bud(at mid section) that is ready to pop!
looks like it is for keeps after all it has been through. :+1:

Meyer's lemon help. No leaves, but flowering
Can i help my Fortunella

Approximately what was the lowest temp that this plant survived?



from what i could trace, it was low 20’s F, so still questionable if we should go down into teens next winter.
we did have a protracted period of sub freezing this winter so it is a good sign of cold tolerance.
kumquats and the variegated cultivar of calamondin are the most cold-tolerant citrus in our experience.


Keep in mind that the potted plants will probably get colder then the ones that are in the ground if only because the in ground roots do not have cold winds blowing against them from more than one direction.


Was out watering and noticed something funny on my finger lime

What do you think?

Now, how do you know when to pick?



whoah! You just upped the ante(anew!) with getting another exotica to fruit in michigan. I honestly don’t have any idea when to pick, since i merely picked our finger limes when they got really plump, which probably was a mistake.
you probably should wait until you start worrying about the cold of autumn, since citrus tend to have long shelf-life-on-the-trees anyway.

just my guess of course


survived another brutal summer, and produced more fruits(seen here as tiny dark cucumbers) on its second year, despite apparently deprived of Mg/Mn/Fe, growing on old alkali soil/alkali irrigation and competing with weeds on that little pot.

that it still fruited in abandoned, scant conditions sure indicates more growth and production as soon as plant it in-ground with lots of mulch/compost.