Lime Trees Facts

Lime Trees Facts image by Lime Trees by Rick: Flickr.com
Lime Trees Facts image by Lime Trees by Rick: Flickr.com

Overview

Lime trees are deciduous trees with glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. Lime trees like moist soil in sunny, open areas. They are extremely cold sensitive.

Flowers

Lime trees produce clusters of fragrant pale yellow flowers in the middle of summer. The nectar of these fragrant blossoms attract bees.

Propagation

Lime trees are grown by planting fresh, ripe seeds or suckers in containers. Remove the suckers and place them in pots filled with soil until they established their own root systems.

Maintenance

Fertilize lime trees during the summer before they bear citrus fruit. Prune away any suckers.

Temperature

Lime trees cannot tolerate any frost. If you live in an area that experiences any kind of frost, grow the trees in containers so you can bring them inside during cold weather. Lime trees will do well in a bright, south-facing window.

Pests

Lime trees are susceptible to aphids, caterpillars and gall mites.

References

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs; Reader's Digest; 2009
  • The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Home Fruit Production -- Limes
Keywords: lime trees, citrus fruit, gall mites

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

Photo by: Lime Trees by Rick: Flickr.com