Indoor Lime Trees

September 17, 2013

In addition to dwarf lemon trees, one of the easiest indoor fruit trees to grow is the indoor lime tree …

dwarf lime tree

Indoor Lime Trees: Easy To Grow!

These small specimens are especially hardy. They top out at 3-4 feet and do very well in a sunny window where they can soak up 6+ hours of sunlight daily …

Don’t let the small size fool you, though … the limes are full size (and especially juicy!) …

Caring For A Dwarf Lime Tree

When your tree is delivered, it will be anywhere from one to two years old. Typically these trees bear fruit between the two and three year mark, all things being equal. So it’ll be about nine months before your first full crop of limes appears on the branches …

As noted, these small trees are really easy to maintain. Their two key care factors are sunlight and proper watering. We recommend placing the container near your sunniest window, preferably a southern or western exposure so they can soak up the afternoon rays …

Plan to water the tree once a week. Typically, a quart of water is just about right, but you’ll want to make sure the soil dries out before watering. The best way to test is with your index finger … just plunge your finger into the soil to check for dampness. If the soil is still moist, wait another day or two before testing again.

If the soil is completely dry, go ahead and water. Your container should have drainage holes at the bottom, so water until some water starts dripping out of the bottom. After a few times, you’ll know exactly how much to provide …

Be careful not to water too much, because these plants prefer soil on the dry side of moist, and they don’t do well if they have to sit in soggy soil for any length of time …

Humidity is another important care consideration. Since these trees are from the citrus family, they enjoy humidity. Mist them every other day or so with a spray bottle of lukewarm water on the finest setting. This will increase the humidity level around the plant, even in the driest home environments …

Types of Dwarf Lime Trees

The most common lime is the Bearss Lime, which is what you’ll normally encounter in the grocery store. The Bearss is a typical full size lime, and it’s the most readily available dwarf tree.

You can also purchase key lime and Kaffir lime trees. Key limes are smaller, and typically used in recipes for pie, cookies, and adult beverages. The Kaffir lime is noted for it’s irregular, bumpy exterior and offers a tart flavor that is commonly used in Thai cooking.

Here’s A Key Lime Tree You Can Grow Indoors Or Outdoors …

When grown in containers, key lime trees grow a bit taller than typical container lime trees. They’ll top out anywhere from six to twelve feet, but you can easily prune the tree to control their growth.

Indoors vs. Outdoors?

These trees will do perfectly well if they’re given ample sunlight and proper watering, but we do suggest you place them outside on a sunny patio or balcony during the summer months. They appreciate warm temperatures, and seem to produce better when given a period of time outdoors.

We like to take our indoor citrus trees outside when temperatures remain above 50 degrees at night. Similarly, we bring them indoors in the fall when temps fall below that mark on a consistent basis. These trees will tolerate temperatures down to about 40 degrees, so don’t worry if you happen to forget to bring them in for the night!

One word of caution … when bringing your tree outdoors for the summer, allow them to gradually get used to the unfiltered sun. We keep our trees in a partially shaded area for the first two weeks, and then move them into the full sun. Remember to check their soil for watering needs, as outdoor conditions will differ from your home environment. Keep misting the tree, particularly if your area experiences a dry spell …

More Information

In addition to their fresh, juicy fruit, indoor lime trees are a handsome addition to your home. They serve as a natural air freshener and fill any living space with a clean, fresh scent. The tree will blossom in the spring with an abundance of white blooms which signal the beginning of the fruiting process …

Further, these trees are remarkably pest and disease free. Misting helps deter any pests (like fruit flies), although you should inspect your plant when bringing it back indoors for the cooler months.

These trees last for years … our dwarf lime is well over ten years old and fruits every year like clockwork! Best of all, the limes are fresher and sweeter than any you can buy … and there’s nothing quite like picking fresh fruit off your very own tree!

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