Tips To Growing Lime Trees In The Garden
Lime trees are deciduous trees that are native to the northern hemisphere and belong to the family Tiliaceae. There are some tips to grow lime trees in your garden. Here are some of them. Lime trees, like all citrus trees, are heavy feeders and need fertilizing every couple of months. Use citrus plant food or slow-release fertilizer with extra nitrogen. The nitrogen content should be nearly double when compared to the phosphorous and potassium content; for example, 20-10-10. Only a third of the recommended amount of fertilizer needs to be used each time. Scratch into the top couple of inches of soil and water the granulated fertilizer in to the ground. Lime trees need consistent moisture to grow well. Water the soil deeply once or twice a week, rather than frequent shallow watering. When the soil is dry to about 6 inches, water the lime tree.
Suckers grow below the graft union on lime trees. These are rootstock shoots and do not grow the desired citrus variety. The new shoots should be cut off the tree with pruners. Snipping the thorns off the branches does not harm the lime tree. This makes handling the tree easier, resulting in fewer scratches while picking fruit. Lime trees prefer temperatures over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In cold weather areas, plant the trees in containers and bring the trees indoors during the winter. A suitable indoor location for a potted lime tree is a sunny south facing window. In outside trees, string holiday lights in the canopy and cover the entire tree with a large blanket. Leave the lights on throughout the cold spell.