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Key Lime, West Indian Lime, Mexican Lime - Citrus aurantifolia (latin)

Geographical origins: India, Malaysia, West Indies.
Adult size: Height up to 5 m, spread up to 3 m.
Foliage: Evergreen.
Type of soil: free draining, neutral to acid.
Climate: Hardy to -2°C. Loses its leaves if temperatures fall below 4°C.
Site: Partial shade to full sun.


Characteristics and uses:
The Mexican Lime, which produces green limes, is a small, evergreen shrub with fragrant blossom. It can flower all year round in the right environment; therefore it can produce small, sharp and juicy green limes continually; These fruits are harvested before they reach maturity and used frequently in cooking.

The lime has to be protected from cold in winter (pot and foliage), as it can start losing its leaves as soon as temperatures fall below 4°C. However, this protection is only necessary if the temperature does not go up during the day.
In the coldest areas, shelter your Mexican Lime in a conservatory, or a non-heated room during winter.

Looking after advice:

Watering: As Citruses do not like dryness it is important to water them regularly, but not abundantly. In summer, water every day if necessary, in winter water once or twice a week.
Fertilizer: From March to October, give it a suitable citrus' fertilizer once a month.
Pruning: Prune regularly in the spring and in summer to encourage ramification and keep it in the wished for shape.

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