Planting Australian Finger Limes
In The Ground
- It’s important to note, you should only plant Australian finger lime in mild-winter areas because they can’t survive freezing temperatures.
- They need full sun to bear fruit.
- They like well drained soil.
- Keep them out of the wind.
- Being crowded by other trees or plants hinders their growth. So make sure they have enough space.
- In colder areas, plant your Australian finger lime in pots.
In a Pot or Container
- Potted Australian finger lime cannot extract the nutrients they need from the ground.
- Choose high-quality citrus-specific or planting soil mix.
- Double-check that the bottom of the pot has a hole drilled in.
- Place a bed of small pebbles or clay marbles at the bottom of the pot to ensure excellent drainage.
When pruning finger lime trees, beware of thorns. We advise to wear gloves to protect your hands.
We recommend building a wind barrier around the tree.
Prune your shoots off each year so that it allows the fruit to be more fruitful and have a good shape for harvesting, which will make life easier on whoever does this job.
Remove any dead branches or limbs of the tree as they can cause it harm and hinder its growth.
Clear away all the other inner brush that might be blocking sunlight from getting in through your leaves so more light gets into these lovely fruits.
In pots finger lime trees dry up very quickly when planted, so it's important that they be watered regularly.
These plants are sensitive to dry air and will have brown edges on the leaves if you don't increase humidity in its surroundings.
In the summer, you'll need to water your plants every day.
In winter watering can be reduced - but don't let them dry out completely.
You should water as soon as the soil is dry and try not to flood their pots. If we're in the growth season (winter), fertilize with citrus-specific fertilizer every two weeks for a boost of fruit production next time around.
We recommend waiting at least two to three years before harvesting any fruits from young trees.
The time it takes for a tree to start bearing fruit varies, but on average you can expect your first harvest in 3-5 years after planting the sapling.
Citrus finger lime grown from seed takes much longer to bear flowers and fruits. (4-6 years).
Fruit produced from these trees may not grow up with the expected taste or shape due to cross pollinating other citrus plants that produce seeds in their fruit, like tangelos or oranges for example.
If you are looking for a variety of citrus tree that won't have any surprises when it comes time to harvest your own crop then try growing one which produces no seeds in its fruiting parts at all.