Whether you live on a farm or in a city, a lime tree is an ideal plant to grow for fresh fruit, drink garnishes and juice. You can grow a lime tree in the ground or in a container on a patio, and once it matures, the tree will require little care. There are a few tips to keep in mind when growing a lime tree.
Planting a Lime Tree
Make sure there is plenty of sunshine and excellent drainage in your planting location. Your lime tree must never be left standing in water. When you plant the tree, make sure that the soil is firmly packed around the root ball. You do want any air pockets to form around the roots, as this will eventually kill the lime tree.
Caring for a Lime Tree
Water your lime trees consistently, about two times a week. If there is a heavy rain, do not over water. The general rule for caring for lime trees is to water consistently, but not obsessively. Lime trees are heavy feeders, so fertilize them often--about every couple of months.
Keep Lime Trees Warm
Lime trees cannot survive in cold weather below 50 degrees F, so it is important to keep them warm. Tahiti and Persian lime trees are the most common variety found in gardens throughout the United States, as they withstand cooler weather the best. For hotter temperatures, pick a lime tree such as the West Indian lime, Mexican lime or key lime. If you live in areas that get below freezing, grow the lime tree in a container and move it indoors for winter for prolonged cold temperatures. For short periods of frost of cold weather, cover the lime tree with a tarp or blanket.