Fruit in Focus | Tahitian Lime

February 02, 2020

Tahitian Lime grows on our most popular Lemon and Lime Fruit Salad Tree with white blossoms

Fruit in Focus: Tahitian Lime

We have so many lovely citrus varieties that you can choose from on our multi-grafted fruit trees; we thought we'd better introduce them all.

The Tahitian Lime is a popular lime grown throughout Australia. It has glossy green leaves with beautiful fragrant creamy white blossoms. It has a thin smooth skin with tender and juicy flesh that is a translucent pale green colour.

The fruit can be picked when green and smaller in size or left on the tree a little longer until it turns a greeny-yellow colour and becomes even juicier.

Limes are a good source of fibre and vitamins A, C and K. A perfect accompaniment for your drink, favourite salad dressing, marinade or even pie.

Notes: It's evergreen, however the growing cycle still slows down quite a bit in winter.

Fruit characteristics: They have a distinct acid lime flavour. Grow one today with one of our other many beautiful citrus varieties!

Blossoms: Creamy white

Pollination Information: Tahitian Limes are self-fertile.

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Citrus Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2 metres.

Fruiting Season: May - July

Preferred Climate: Subtropical, Warm temperate but will grow in most regions of Australia with proper care.

How to grow Citrus

Location: at least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and when in a warm climate do not locate your fruit trees too close to fencing that retains heat (eg colorbond). Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity as will placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant as the water evaporates.

Soil: Well drained loamy soil with a pH around 6.0 -7.0. Adding lime to your soil will increase your pH and sulphur will lower it. For more information click here

Fertilisation: Add some old compost or manure to your soil as citrus trees grow well in nitrogen rich soils. You can also consider adding a slow release fertiliser with trace elements (when grown in pots you may need to fertilise more regularly). Always follow the directions on the container.

Pruning: Remember to balance your multi-grafted Fruit Salad citrus tree every 2-3 weeks during the growing phase of Spring & Summer and as the weather cools, once a month for best results!

Frost: At maturity your Fruit Salad Tree will be able to grow in temperatures of -8C. Note: While a citrus tree is young it is advisable to look at frost preventative measures.

Watering in pots: Keep the soil moist but not wet! If growing in a pot don’t sit it in water - citrus hate wet feet, but love drained soil, so ensure that there is a chance for good drainage.

Watering in the ground: Over Winter, aim to keep the soil moist, and over Summer, try to give it a good deep water every week or so, depending on your area, so that the water reaches the deeper roots and doesn't pool at the top layers of soil.

More tree care tips

For further tips on growing your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Tree look at balancing your Fruit Salad Tree, planting your tree in a pot, planting your tree in the ground, find out what causes citrus leaves to turn yellow, and what causes citrus leaves to curl.

Check out our comprehensive Pest + Disease Guide for clues on what might be hindering the growth of your Fruit Salad Tree.

Here at Fruit Salad Trees, we stock a wide range of fruit trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stonefruit and multi-apple trees. 

Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.

Shop all Fruit Salad Trees with Tahitian Lime here

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