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If you get a lime tree in the garden or on the terrace, you should know about its care and heed tips for wintering.In our latitudes, the evergreen lime trees are mostly only kept as container plants, similar to other citrus plants. The lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia) or real lime, prefers a sunny to moderately semi-shady location, preferably protected from the wind, outdoors (or as a houseplant). The lime tree also loves the subtropical climate.
So that your lime tree grows and thrives, here are a few tips on how best to take care of it.
Lime tree care
|Lime tree or real lime (Citrus aurantifolia)|
|Growth habit:||upright, bushy|
|Height:||70 - 90 cm|
|Bloom:||May to June|
|Location:||Sun to partial shade|
|Ground:||rich in humus, fresh to moist|
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You must repot the lime tree or lime shrub into larger tubs according to its growth.
For large plants, you should use pots with rollers, as these ensure easier moving, e.g. if you want to bring the tub plant into the house for the winter.
Repotting should take place regularly in the first few years, usually once a year. Always use special citrus soil or a permeable plant substrate (e.g. a mixture of sand).
Should the lime tree throw off its leaf dress, this is due to a stress situation caused for it, e.g. because it was moved and / or repotted. After a few weeks, however, new leaves usually form on the densely branched branches.
Lime tree - flowering and fertilizing
From May to June, the lime tree will delight you with its white flowers. Only then do the green citrus fruits, which are elementary for a caipirinha cocktail, form.The white flowers appear on the lime tree from May to June
During this time - from spring to summer - you should fertilize the citrus plant and preferably once a week with an iron-containing citrus fertilizer to prevent iron deficiency (recognizable by yellow leaves).
Cut the lime tree
But be careful
Limes should always be pruned only in their wintering phase.
If lime trees get out of shape, you can cut them like other fruit trees.
The Citrus aurantifolia is cut above a leaf base or a bud.
Winter lime treeA lime tree feels good in the winter garden. Lime trees should always spend the winter in rooms that are as bright as possible. This can be done in a living room or a winter garden - but then at temperatures of around 20 degrees and the highest possible humidity. For this, it is best to spray the plant regularly with water, as this can prevent spider mites.
Important: Lime trees cannot tolerate direct contact with underfloor heating systems that radiate too much heat.
Some types of lime also tolerate wintering in frost-free rooms without heating. However, you should also give the plants a little fertilizer every month.
Important: With both wintering methods, you must always make sure that the plants do not dry out - so always water all citrus plants regularly.
In the meantime, plant crossings such as e.g. the lime grapefruit offered. These mostly quite robust plants are to be treated similarly in the care (observe plant instructions of the breeders).