Key lime

Today I planted the key lime in the ground. Happy growing!
03/17/20

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May11
I forgot to do an update on this key lime, it’s putting out a second round of blooms.

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You won’t be sorry, best citrus I hever grew. Had it in RI! Made the best pies!

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Very nice. When they are happy they put out too many limes for one family to eat. Very prolific.

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7.5 months in the ground. So far it’s holding about 13-15 fruit. It’s growing more fruit then leaves LOL. There’s the new crop on top.

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How big do they get?
Heard it’s a natural semi dwarf.
I have a few seedlings.

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Do they grow slow? I have one i got over the summer (mail order)…i’m not sure it has put on any growth, but looks fine.

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Boizeau - Someone on another site has one in Indio CA and his is about 7 feet
warmwxrules - I have only had two sets of leaves but quite a few flushes of blooms. Not to say that won’t change as the tree gets older. Since this is in the ground they sometimes take longer to establish but then they really take off.

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.Matt, your tree’s are looking pretty healthy, doing the right things for sure.

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I grew them for years. They are really a bush. Mine grew to just under 6’tall.

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Again, very impressive for your climate.

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That was in RI. They don’t have key limes in France. They would grow beautifully here.

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It is probably the most cold tender citrus, so mine will winter indoors.
My Mandarinquat can probably take some frost.

Surprisingly it’s not the most sensitive citrus. limes and lemons are the most cold hardy out of the citrus family. It makes a difference if they are in ground vs in pots of course.

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You’re right. My pots are huge.

Limes are more sensitive than lemons. When I lived in San Jose you would find lots of big lemon trees and no limes. Limes were my only citrus that experienced die back from cold when I lived there.

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That’s my experience, too, on the Marin coast.

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Well
I’ll just have to bring the Limes inside before the frost.

How to deal with cottony cushion scale and mites on Citrus?

Mexican Limes are the most frost sensitive. I have ours planted closer to the house.