"The service was fantastic. I was kept up to date on delivery and the plant arrived well packaged and in excellent, healthy condition two days earlier than predicted (I live in remote Qld) Thanks for the great service!" 

- Kristine ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Finger Lime Tree 2-3 Years plant Melbourne Bushfood

Size & Care

Moderate Water

Full Sun / Part Shade

2-3 Wide

Size: 2-3m

Description - A dense native shrub / small tree that produces many small, finger-shaped fruit.


Foliage - Small oval-shaped leaves with some thorns growing along the stems

Flowers - White/purple flowers that bloom at different times depending on the variety


Growing Conditions: Finger Limes prefer a well drained soil with a PH of 6.5 to 7.5 Dig a hole 2 to 3 times the size of the Finger Lime pot. Break up the soil in the base of the planting hole and mix in compost and slow release fertilizer. Slit both sides of the bag and do not disturb the roots when removing the bag. Lower the tree into the planting hole ensuring the soil level of the plant is the same level of the soil prior to excavation. Water well with a solution of seaweed or other soil conditioners. 

Harvesting: The tree will begin properly producing fruit at 3-4 years old. They tend to fruit between late March to May.


Maintenance: Fertilize in spring and summer with a general citrus fertilizer. Folio feed is also recommended. Finger Limes are susceptible to scale and sooty mould. Use a neem oil to control if this occurs.


Uses - Some varieties produce multiple sets of fruit per year. The pulp can be made into conserves, while the skin can be dehydrated to be used as a citrus spice to sprinkle over fish.

Varieties

Alstonville is one of the first commercial varieties with a very mild level of acidity that is just right. The fruit is long, narrow and almost seedless. The tree is tall and narrow with odd floppy branch. This variety is difficult to grow is sensitive to stress. Fruit size: 60 - 90 mm

Skin: black to dark brown when fully ripe

Vesicles: bright green; small diameter

Fruitingseason: March to May

Plant Highs in the pot: ~1.8 m



Yellow is a tall and strong growing tree with dark green foliage, medium density canopy and long branches. It is relatively easy finger lime variety. The caviar is mild and with a subtle lemon taste.  

Fruit size: 50 - 70 mm

Skin: green to yellow with green patches when fully ripe

Vesicles: clear; medium to large size

Fruitingseason: March to May

Highs in the pot: ~1.9 m



Wauchope is the tallest finger lime variety with long upright branches. The canopy is vigorous but the density is on the lighter side. The caviar taste is mild and with a subtle lemon flavour.  

Fruit size: 60 - 80 mm

Skin: black to maroon red when fully ripe

Vesicles: clear; small to medium size

Fruitingseason: March to May

Highs in the pot: ~2.1 m

Shipping & Returns

DUE TO QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS, WE'RE UNABLE TO SEND PLANTS TO WA, TAS, AND NT (and overseas)

24hr Refund Policy - In rare cases, some plants arrive unwell/damaged/dead. Our 24 hour refund policy means that if one of your plants arrives in the mail and something's not right, we'll be able to offer a refund or replacement if a photo is sent to us within 24 hours of its arrival. 


We cannot accept requests for refunds or replacements after this.


If you have an issue, please contact us at hello@melbournebushfood.com.au and we'll get back to you within 1 business day. 

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FAQs

Why are our Finger Limes expensive?


Commonly grown from seed or from cuttings, Finger Lime trees can take up to 10-12 years to get fruit. The quality of a cutting-grown tree is also much lower than a grafted one with them being in a constant 'near-death' state, reducing their life-span and the quality of the tree.


We hand-graft all of our trees onto selectively picked citrus rootstock. This makes our plants more tolerant to diseases that commonly effect cheaper cutting and seed grown plants, and means that our trees can withstand varied temperatures between -7 degrees all the way up to the humid temperature of the north.


We focus on producing superior plants that are disease-resistant, and give you the best opportunity to have a plant that will last for life, and with fruit within 3-4 years of age.


Can this grow in pots?

Yes! They're great pot plants and are well suited to growing on balconies (we have two on our balcony!)

Where is this plant indigenous to? 

Subtropical Australia.

What soil should I use? 

For all of our plants, we recommend using Osmocote Premium Potting Mix (orange bag) or equivalent. Any soil without fillers or added fertilizers can work too. 


What fertilizer should I use? 

Use Osmocote Citrus Fertilizer

Can you ship it to me?

We ship everywhere in Australiaexcept WA, TAS, SA and the NT. For other countries, please check local quarantine laws for more information.

I'm buying for a school, how do I order?

That's amazing! Feel free to order directly from our website, otherwise if you need anymore help get in touch over email hello@melbournebushfood.com.au

Do you wholesale the plants?

Unfortunately we don't wholesale plants due to a limit in supply.

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"The service was fantastic. I was kept up to date on delivery and the plant arrived well packaged and in excellent, healthy condition two days earlier than predicted (I live in remote Qld) Thanks for the great service!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Kristine

Moderate Water

Full Sun / Part Shade

2-3m Tall

Finger Limes are a native citrus species which produces long, finger-shaped fruit which resembles caviar. 


A hardy citrus species, they're able to grow in a range of climates depending on your region. Beautiful in pots as an attractive citrus for inner city balconies, or perfect for the suburban backyard.


Used by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years, it has now become one of the most renown bush food items served in restaurants around the world. 


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Native Australian Finger Limes are a fantastic suburban addition that produce kilos of fresh, fragrant citrus caviar that can be scooped atop of fresh oysters, over sorbet or icecream, or used to dance in the bubbles of a Gin and Tonic. 

“Delivered pretty fast from me ordering, it was in great condition. Sprouting up and looking spot on.It will be loved along with our other friends” XO Janet D

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Alana S.
Healthy Plant

Plant was well packed and seems to be doing very well in the garden. I’ve only just received it so can’t comment further but can’t wait for it to fruit. Thanks so much fo bringing these wonderful plants to the public.

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Helen S.
Finger lime

Prompt service and great packaging - very happy

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Margaret G.
Heaven sent.

Thank you for my Crystal, Finger Lime. I had it in a small container inside for a few days, and recently potted it with an organic mix which looks like a mixture of rotted gum leaves and twigs, which is good. I talk to her every day and breathe upon her. (carbon monoxide) Today she enjoyed her first rain shower. I am going to name her ( appropriately) Crystal. She is slim and shapely and oh, so pretty like a young Native Australian. We shall become good friends and I am sure she will reward my TLC with much fruitage in the years to come. Thanks again, wishing you all the best with your enterprise. Margaret Gould. p.s. Looking forward to receiving my Dreaming Tea.

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Bimbi A.
Thrilled to have one in my garden.

Gorgeous and healthy little tree arrived safely and now happy in a pot. Am so looking forward to this one growing and fruiting in a couple of years! Thank you Melbourne Bushfoods for providing native food plants that we can grow and harvest from. Fantastic initiative.

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susan l.
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Can’t wait for the day I begin picking

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daphne h.
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quick delivery


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