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Key Lime

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Item #3613. Ships 6 - 12" tall in a 4" Pot.
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Description

Also called mexican lime

Perfect for making a delectable pie. Fragrant white flowers and small, juicy limes set this evergreen tree apart. May bloom again while fruit still remains on the tree, allowing for different harvest intervals. Heat-tolerant. Fruit takes about 6-9 months to ripen. Self-pollinating.

  • Mature size can be kept smaller by pruning.
  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 9 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 9 - 10
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 6 - 8' tall x 5 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 5 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow citrus trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Salsa!
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Sister ordered one of these from you three years ago and it is really producing well
Suzanne R on Mar 11, 2016
Salsa!
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Key Lime Pie! Also the ability to be grown in a container
James M on Apr 13, 2016
Sister ordered one of these from you three years ago and it is really producing well
Suzanne R on Mar 11, 2016
Key Lime Pie! Also the ability to be grown in a container
James M on Apr 13, 2016
I've had mine for two years and he's still looking quite pitiful. In fact, he doesn't look like he's grown at all, but is green and has leaves. He's outside all summer, but winters indoors. Any advice?
sad-lime on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have noticed that when I bring my key lime indoors for the winter it does better if kept in a temperature above 60 degrees and I make sure that it gets sunlight. I place it 2 feet from the window and I rotate the pot that it is in 180 degrees every month when it is indoors so the entire plant grows evenly. I have also noticed that it does better when I prune it to grow more like a tree and less like a bush. Most importantly I slice and core fresh apples and put the slices around the base of the plant and cover the slices with an inch of dirt. This feeds the plant while it's indoors all winter, of course, don't forget to water regularly. Lastly, every 2 weeks I sprinkle a table spoon of Epsom salt on the dirt and then water it. I have had my key lime for 2 years and although it has yet to fruit, it is growing beautifully.
I live in zone 5b. can i bring this indoors for the winter in my unheated sunroom? Its all enclosed with glass but not insulated so does freeze but no exposure to wind or snow. If not can anyone recommend something that this would work with.
Halotta Vachina on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bring mine in the house for the winter. I don't think it would survive an extended period of freezing weather.
Dose he come looking like the picture like a plant already?
Nenee on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No they come looking quite pitiful and barren but don't you worry with good soil, sun and water it will be lovely in no time.
how big is this plant?
Kathy on Jan 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Key Lime tree ships 6 - 12" tall in a 4" pot.
i have an area thats only about two feet wide but 50ft in length. do you think thats adequate space.?
Judy G on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It would be a tight fit, but as long as it gets full sun there (6-8 hours daily) and air can flow through to keep fungal issues down, then it could work. I'd be most concerned about the light availability if there is only 2 feet of space there. Light equates to healthy growth and development of the tree as well as its flowers and fruit.

Customer Reviews

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Key Lime Pie squared
The Key Lime tree was healthy when we received it and is thriving in a large patio pot. We experience cool winters in central South Carolina (CSRA - central Savannah river area), so it is brought into our glassed "Carolina room" from November thru March. It is doing well. The tree has doubled in size in just less than a year since we bought it. We also have a lemon, an orange and a grapefruit tree in the same size pots and all weather winter well. I would recommend any tree from Stark Brothers. We have always been pleased with the trees we have bought from them.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Tree is growing
I transplanted the tree to a larger container and started it in doors. In the last few weeks it has gotten warmer and so i put it outside and it is doing well. It is an attractive little tree.
June 14, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Great fruit producer
I planted this tree April 2014 in a 36” pot, blended soil, in the greenhouse, auto water, full sun, no food initially. It grew to 3’ bush so far (which is a plus) and it is full of limes. I took the screens off of the greenhouse during pollination to let the bees in (I have 10 hives about 2000’ away). I don’t think you need honey bees because I saw wasps, mason bees, bumble bees, and etc. on it. Easy to grow --this one
May 10, 2016
Love it.
Unlike my orange tree, this one is thriving. Love the scent of the blooms and the little key limes that have been produced!
May 22, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
The key lime tree
The key lime tree is doing great. I take it in for the winter and now I have it outside for the summer
May 8, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Healthy, gorgeous, easy!
Hasn't bloomed in it's first year, but has more than doubled in size. Thorns keep interested pets away. Very recommended.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Doing great even though it lives indoors half the year
May 4, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Nice start
Green and vigorous. Small plant but appears to be very healthy.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Key lime
I was so surprised last year at the size and healthy condition of the key lime . This year it has doubled in size and has set 3 limes with more blooms starting to form. It loves the hot weather in the summer here in central Washington. Of course it comes in the house in late fall and does well in a sunny window over winter.
May 25, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Slow start but hanging in there
We had a good start but a late frost almost killed it. (I lost one of my other citrus trees because of it.) But now it is slowly coming back and looking healthy...just small. No doubt that it will continue to do well and hopefully will be enjoying limes again next season.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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