Before we get into this and have you all excited to grow your own limes for that first Corona this summer, we want to prepare you with this sad reality: There’s a good chance you wont see any produce from your seed for about four to ten years.. That being said, if you’re in it for the long haul we promise you won’t regret it.

 

When choosing seeds you have many options depending on the species and genetic traits you’re looking for but the two biggest differentiating factors are these: true seeds or hybrids. If you went down to the local market and bought a lime and planted seeds from that lime to save time and money there’s a very good chance that you’ve just planted hybrids. There’s nothing inherently wrong with hybrids but a genetic hybrid has a much lower chance of producing identical limes. If you want genetically consistent, healthy limes you’ll probably want to buy true seeds at a local garden supply store or online as they can sometimes be hard to find. And because the waiting period before your first harvest will be so long we highly recommend you take the seed quality into consideration before you commit at least four years growing to be disappointed by a lousy batch of limes.

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Climate and soil are both critical factors in determining the production value and taste of your limes. For the best results create a warm environment for your limes, whether that means keeping them outside in the sun if you live somewhere warm, or having a powerful light simulating sunlight in a hydroponic environment. The soil should be consistently damp, but not soggy, and within a pot that can drain well. Limes and other citrus are especially cold sensitive and require a much higher temperature than average to produce fruit but vary greatly in cold resistance based on their species and genetics. Your safest bet is to not allow your limes to drop below freezing regardless of the genetics but if it does be sure to move it back into a warm environment as soon as possible to reduce the risk of harming your plants. The general consensus is that if your limes are exposed to frost for more than 30 minutes they’ve probably been damaged and plants under three years are especially susceptible so be sure to keep an eye on them.

 

Plant the seeds ½ inch to ¼ inch deep in the soil for best results. Best of luck! If you start to grow some lime trees or already have one be sure to send us some of your photos! We’ll also recommend some fertilizers you can use to maximize your yields. Happy Growing!

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