Lime trees are the perfect addition to sunny backyards. Learn more below about the different types of lime trees varieties you can grow outdoors in your yard!
Do you need a healthy hobby that can give you years of enjoyment?
If you want to try something that can help spruce up your yard and provide you with fruit, consider growing a lime tree in a pot in your yard!
Having access to limes can help improve your cooking and your skin! Not only do limes give dishes a zesty flavor and aromatic smell, but they also contain vitamin C that can strengthen collagen!
Here are some of the different types of lime trees and how you can grow one.
Key Lime Tree
Among the best lime trees to grow when first learning how to grow a lime tree, key lime trees are perfect if you plan on using your limes in desserts and beverages. Known as the "bartender's lime," key limes are sweet and juicy. They're also small and seedy, so you may need more limes than you think whenever you make a key lime pie!
If your key lime tree becomes damaged from the cold, it can re-sprout from the base, making it a more forgivable variety of lime tree.
Persian Lime Tree
Larger and more tart than key limes, Persian limes are perfect for sour lime cocktails and cuisine. They'll also result in a more tart dessert when used instead of Key limes.
Of all the lime trees, Persian lime trees are best able to withstand cooler temperatures and will yield fruit year-round. The trees are beautiful and have some thorns, so they'll look great in your backyard!
Australian Finger Lime Tree
If you want a lime tree that yields expensive fruit that goes great in cocktails, seafood, and cuisine, the Australian finger lime tree may be for you! Australian finger limes are different because the fruit is full of tart lime vesicles.
The tree produces aromatic flowers and limes that grow in bunches.
How to Grow a Lime Tree
When you first receive your lime tree, it will be in a 1-gallon pot. After one year, it must be re-potted in a 5-gallon to 15-gallon pot. A pot with drainage holes is preferable to avoid overwatering.
Keep the soil wet, especially for four weeks after you first receive your tree. Lime trees require a lot of heat and light, so it's best to keep them outdoors. If you want to keep them indoors, a full-spectrum grow light is recommended if you want the tree to thrive.
Lime trees must be protected from strong winds and temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Fertilize your tree three times each year to provide it with the nutrition it needs.
Different Types of Lime Trees
Now that you know a few types of lime trees and how to care for them, you have everything you need to decide on a citrus tree to plant! Your back yard is about to get more attractive and your cooking is about to get better!
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