||Citrus aurantifolia 'Mexican Thornless'
||Mexican Lime, West Indian Lime, Key Lime
Mexican limes are the preferred fruit by pie bakers and bartenders worldwide. This vigorous grower is cold sensitive and loves warmer climates where it produces green fleshed, juicy, golf ball sized limes on a nearly thornless tree. The fragrant flowers, yellow-green limes make this an attractive tree year round.
This lovely tree produces scented blooms with a sweet, light scent. The pretty white flowers are followed by petite green limes that turn green-yellow when ripe.
Fragrant, long-blooming citrus trees are perfect for the Northern California garden. Their evergreen nature provides rich green color all year round. Not to mention the abundant and delicious fruit you will harvest.
||The immature green lime are tart with high acidity. The riper limes have less acidity and a sweeter flavor. The tart, sweet taste gives this lime its unique flavor.
||Upright or Bushy, depending on pruning. Vigorous grower.
||Container, espalier, ground
||Full Sun (minimum 6 hours, 8+ is preferred).
||Moist, very well-draining soil. Never soggy; make sure not to over-water. Prefers deep, infrequent watering to sporadic light watering.
|Planting and Care Tip:
||All citrus require full sun. Citrus are heavy feeders. Fertilize in late winter before bloom and regularly throughout growing season. Do not fertilize in winter. Prune in early spring, after fear of frost to desired shape. Newly planted should not be pruned for the first 2-3 years, except to remove suckers below the scion graft.
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