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Limes: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Lime trees add a unique variety to your garden! These ever-green trees thrive in the southern climate. While this is not a tree that can be outdoors all winter long in a lot of areas of the country, it can still be grown in a container and moved indoors during the cool season when it gets below 50 degrees F.

How to Grow:

Lime trees can be planted after the last spring frost in the spring and 8 weeks before the first fall frost. Trees and bushes are best planted in the spring or fall. They don’t transplant well in the heat. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Lime trees should be planted about 10 feet apart from each other depending on type. We like to put them into Smart Pot containers so they can be moveable and come indoors during the colder seasons. Limes will require full sun and consistent watering. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. 

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for limes:

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Limes will be ready to harvest approximately 3-6 years after transplanting. Different varieties of limes will be harvested at different times. They can be harvested at any point throughout the year. You will harvest your limes when they are green and able to be gently pulled from the tree.

Cooking & Eating!

Limes are used in a variety of ways! Use it in your drinks or as a garnish for your meals. Also try it in baked goods like key lime pie!

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3 thoughts on “Limes: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. ‘Bearss’ lime was the most popular lime we grew because it was the most reliable. The fruit looks like a pale ‘Eureka’ or ‘Lisbon’ lemon when ripe. The flavor of the ripe fruit is of course rather mild. The trees are sort of similar too, but more docile. They are more sensitive to frost than lemon trees are. ‘Mexican’ lime is the more traditional lime, but is difficult to grow. I would not have grown it at all if there was not such demand for it. It defoliates even in our mild winters, and gets frosted by even mild frost. However, for those who do not mind taking care of it, the ‘Mexican’ lime is more complaisant to confinement in pots. ‘Eustis’ limequat is a reliably productive alternative that is more resilient than ‘Mexican’ lime, and more complaisant to confinement than ‘Bearss’ lime. However, the flavor is not as sharp as that of the traditional ‘Mexican’ lime.

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