Known as the 'Mexican Lime, West Indian lime or Key lime, derived from the Florida Keys. Also known as the 'bartender's lime due to its use in beverages. The iconic ingredient to the world-renowned Key Lime Pie, this tree needs lots of heat!
You can soon be on your way to harvesting your own limes in your backyard and putting them in your drinks!
Key Lime Fruit:
- small with a thin, green rind which yellows at maturity
- very aromatic, juicy and acidic
- seedy, difficult to peel
- smaller than the Persian Lime
Key Lime Tree:
- Unique in that this tree is not grafted, if damaged by cold they can resprout from the base and produce fruit again!
- Needs lots of heat and is very cold-sensitive
- Small, wiry tree with twiggy growth
- Lots of thorns
Technical Specs for Your Tree:
- This tree is grafted, using proprietary micro-budding technology. It is not grown from cuttings or from a seed
- Rootstock: Brazilian Sour Orange or Citrange-22
- non-GMO, not organically raised
- Height: 12-inches tall or greater (not including root system)
- Stem Diameter: 4mm or greater
- Age: ~6 months in age or older
- Pot size: 2.5 quarts plastic pot (which is referred to as 1-gallon in standard nursery nomenclature)
- Start of fruit production: after one year of consistent growth
- Consistent fruit harvests: after two years of consistent growth
- Container: Your tree can stay in the pot it comes in for one year. Re-potting can be done at any time, we suggest 5-gallon to 15-gallon pot sizes with drainage holes
- Watering: A newly shipped tree needs its soil drenched daily for 4 weeks. Overwatering is not a concern if the container has drainage holes and the tree is outdoors.
- Indoor growing: watering needs to be adjusted, more info in our care guide.
- Climate Control: Needs to be protected from strong winds or temperatures under 40 degrees F.
- Light: We recommend the tree be kept outdoors for full sunlight. If is kept indoors, we recommend a full-spectrum grow light, window light will not suffice as this is a tropical tree. If the tree is kept indoors without a full spectrum grow light, we cannot say with confidence that the tree will survive or thrive.
- Nutrition: To thrive, your tree needs proper fertilizer three times yearly.
- Your tree can spend its life in a pot. We do NOT recommend planting the tree in the ground if there are any freezing temperatures unless you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a, 9b or 10a. Even then your tree must be protected from temperatures below freezing.
- Nursery: TDA/USDA certified nursery in Hargill, Texas. We do not purchase trees from any other nurseries to re-sell.
- 20-page comprehensive care guide included