Interested in growing a lime tree? Find out how tall lime trees can grow here, and how you might want to grow a dwarf lime tree based on your preferences.
If you're a fan of fresh citrus fruit all year round, you might be considering growing your own citrus trees.
But, citrus trees get bigger than you might think! In fact, many species of lemons and limes can grow as high as 15 to 20 feet.
Short on space? Why not try a dwarf lime tree?
In this article, we'll tell you all about how tall you can expect a dwarf lime to get. We'll help you pick your perfect planting location and conditions. And, we'll even give you a few other species suggestions, just in case you're still on the fence.
Keep reading to learn more.
Caring for a Dwarf Lime Tree
Citrus trees are generally easy to care for, and dwarf limes are no different.
To grow to its full potential, your lime tree will need a warm, tropical climate. So, depending on where you live, indoors might be your best planting option. But, keep in mind your tree will need plenty of sunlight, too.
If you're using a pot or planter, be sure that it has plenty of holes for drainage. And, choose a loose, well-draining soil to keep your tree's roots free from standing water.
You'll need to prune your tree of any suckers or shoots growing below its graft union. And, you'll want to trim away any crossing limbs or dead wood.
Once you notice new growth on your dwarf lime tree, you'll want to start fertilizing. For the best possible results, use a plant food specifically for citrus and follow its directions carefully.
How Big Can a Dwarf Lime Tree Get?
Citrus varieties like lemons, limes, and oranges are among the fastest-growing fruit trees. So, dwarf citrus trees such as a dwarf lime tree will reach maturity in just a few years!
This small lime tree will reach just 6 to 8 feet tall when planted in the ground. But, they tend to remain shorter when planted in pots. So, they are easy to find space for indoors, even at their full-grown size.
If you prefer a more mellow citrus flavor, consider planting a mix of fruits. Dwarf lemon tree sizes are similar, and they're equally easy to take care of.
If you aren't in love with the idea of a dwarf lemon or lime, consider a thornless key lime tree.
While it's less ornamental than other species, it's a fast-growing option that will likely fruit within a year or two of planting. Plus, this lime tree's height is unlikely to exceed 8 feet, especially if you plant it in a pot. Other options include Persian lime trees, Australian finger lime trees, and Meyer lemon trees when grown in pots.
Ready, Set, Grow!
Now that you know a bit more about the different types of citrus that will work in your space, you're probably excited to start planting your own trees!
Keep in mind that whether you go with a dwarf lime tree or other small citrus species, you'll want to choose a warm and well-lit area with fast-draining soil to help it thrive.