Finger Lime Grow Tips

Planting Finger Limes

Ground Planting

Grafted Finger Limes are superior to seed-grown as they have tolerance of up to -10 degrees celcius, making them a great plant in cooler regions.

Being crowded by other trees or plants hinders their growth. So make sure they have enough space. 

Keep in mind for the location: 
- They need full sun to bear fruit
- They like well drained soil.
- Keep them out of the wind.

Finger Limes prefer well draining, light-type soil (pH 6-8). Dig a hole 2 to 3 times the size of the pot. Break up the soil in the base of the planting hole. 

Mix in some compost and slow releasing fertilizer. If you have heavy soil (like clay), add a few handfuls of gypsum. 

Do not disturb the roots unnecessarily. Slit both sides of the bag before carefully lowering the tree into the planting hole, then slip the bag out from underneath.

Ensure the soil level of the plant is slightly higher than the ground to allow for sinkage. 

Water well with liquid compost or seaweed.

Pot Planting

  • Use premium, high-quality, well draining potting mix. Water the pot before you transfer the plant. 

  • PRO TIP: Don’t break the soil around the roots. 

  • Once planted, water with liquid compost, seaweeds, or other planting conditioner. It is desirable to incorporate slow releasing fertilizer into the potting mixture.

  • Potted Australian finger lime cannot extract the nutrients they need from the ground so fertilization is important.

  • Triple-check that the bottom of the pot has a hole drilled in.
  • Pruning

  • Finger Limes don't have the same pruning requirements as other citruse species. Pruning is aimed at keeping the plant neatly shaped. 

  • Foliage can be allowed to remain down to the bottom of the trunk.

  • When pruning finger lime trees, beware of thorns. We advise to wear gloves to protect your hands.

  • 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. 
  • Watering

  • The best way to water Finger Limes is to wet the pot completely, and allow the soil area to completely dry. This ensures fungi and microbes in the soil which might attack you plant will be kept under control.

  • You plants need a dry spell before watering, each and every time, that includes during summer.

  • Brown/yellowing tips is an indication of overwatering.

  • In the summer, you'll need to water your plants every day.

  • In winter watering can be reduced.

  • Use a high-quality, slow-releasing, citrus fertilizer once every 4-6 months. Over fertilization can damage or even kill your tree.

  • Harvesting

  • We recommend waiting at least two to three years before harvesting any fruits from young trees. 

  • Instead, pluck small fruit from the tree for the first two years to promote plant growth (this will mean a heavy bounty in the following years).

  • The time it takes for a tree to start bearing fruit varies, but on average you can expect fruit to grow immediately, although picking young fruit is suggested as above.

  • Citrus finger lime grown from seed takes much longer to bear flowers and fruits. (6-10 years). They also most likely won't produce the same fruit as the mother plant as Finger Limes don't grow true to seed.

  • 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.