Lime Tree Growth


Lime trees are prolific fruit producers, and most varieties will produce fruit year-round. Limes are only second to lemons in their use for flavoring edible foods and adding scent to non-edible products.

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Lime trees only grow outside in the tropical and subtropical areas of the United States, in USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10. If you live in another area, grow your lime tree in a container indoors.


Limes trees prefer soil that is sandy and well drained. Organic matter is not required in the planting site.


Lime trees prefer full sun when planted outdoors. Place container-grown trees in an area with as much light as possible.

Cold Protection

During a frost, cover your lime tree with a blanket and place a 60-watt light under it. Bring container trees indoors.


Apply a high-quality citrus fertilizer around the entire tree line three to four times per year.


Water a newly planted lime tree every few days. Water an established lime tree every seven to ten days for best fruit production. Water a container-grown lime tree when the soil feels dry.


  • Texas A&M--Tips on Growing Lime Trees
  • U.S. Hardiness Zone Map
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