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Citrus aurantifolia 'Tahitian lime' (Tahitian lime)

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Plant description

citrus aurantifolia lime tahitian 565

The Tahitian lime tree is a large evergreen shrub to small tree. It has glossy green dense foliage, perfumed white flowers, followed by attractive,tasty and nutritious fruit. Citrus have been grown as ornamental plants as well as for their fruit. The perfume of citrus blossoms is a delightful feature in the garden.

Citrus thrive in a sunny, humid environment. The Tahitian lime is somewhat frost tolerant. They grow best on well drained, fertile soil with regular watering. If they go through dryness at flowering time, they can drop the developing fruit. Prone to a few pests and diseases, they do need regular attention. 

The Tahitian lime is a seedless  fruit, small and green when ripe, but can be left till it turns yellow on the tree. It produces fruit year round, and is an easy care, reliable citrus.

 

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Where to buy

Daleys Nursery (NSW)

Web: daleysfruit.com.au
Phone: (02) 9034-4626

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Scent

Citrus flowers have a tangy citrus fragrance

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-8

Diseases

sooty mould

Pests

White fly, citrus leaf miner, bronze-orange bug (stink bug), borer, scale

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: All.

Types of fertiliser: Citrus fertiliser applied regularly through the growing season.

Sponsors

Daleys Nursery (NSW)

Phone: (02) 9034-4626
Web: daleysfruit.com.au

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